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Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Education

Supervisor

Dr. Marianne Larsen

Abstract

This study applies David Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory and Lynette Schultz’s critical global citizenship framework to explore whether and how students’ experiences participating in an international double degree program (IDDP) in transnational communication shape them as global citizens. Fostering global citizenship has become a significant aim that is embedded in many post-secondary institutions’ documents. A qualitative case study was conducted by Skype-interviewing past participants who completed the IDDP in transnational communication. The findings indicate students recognize that the value of this double degree program has positive impacts on their perceptions of global citizenship. However, both Canadian students and Chinese students reflected different types of global citizenships because they do not have the same starting points. Participant recommendations’ regarding improving future students as global citizens were also provided in the end of the study, including creating a more unified curriculum, understanding the complexity of globalization, and increasing cooperation between policymakers, teachers, and students.


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