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PRST 5200/6200/7200 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

PRST 5200/6200/7200 - Globalization and the Professions

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education. Currently, the term globalization has replaced the more traditional, and restrictive, terms imperialism or colonialism. Today, globalization suggests a broader, more complex relationship between global societies than was evident prior to the end of the Cold War and the emergence of the World Wide Web/Internet to communicate and disseminate information. As a consequence of the profound social, political, and cultural transformations that have occurred since, it is critical to incorporate use of the broad array of all electronic resources in the core curriculum of the MPS program. For better or worse, the electronic world is here to stay and students should be trained to use cyberspace for their own purposes and to understand that global society is being divided into two groups: “information rich” and “information poor.” The electronic revolution has profoundly affected the modern workplace. Professionals, of all varieties, are expected to be "computer literate" in order to manage human and material resources via computer programs, instant messaging, email, teleconferencing, faxes and cell „phones. Furthermore, professionals are expected to be aware of trans-cultural issues that can affect international professional activities. 

Course Outcomes:

1) To examine the impact of globalization on professional life.

2) To explore globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.

3) To review trends in globalization and the projection of future developments.

4) To consider social, political, and cultural issues associated with working across borders. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the Master of Professional Studies program.

Course Topics:

Sequence of course topics with detailed reading and discussion topics listed in the assignment within the course. Students are required to complete the readings and threaded discussions each week.

1) Culture and Communication

2) The Role of Language in Intercultural Communication

3) Getting to Know Another Culture

4) Individuals and Groups in Professional Cultures

5) Non-Western Cultures and Healthcare

6) Medicine and Education in a Global Society

7) Global Issues in Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy

8) The University in a Global Society

9) The Role of Mass Media in Healthcare and Higher Education

10) The Future of Globalization

Specific Course Requirements:

Knowledge of hardware and software listed below.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

NO tests. Grades will be based on a paper, participation in discussions, team project and presentation.

Grading Procedures:

Grades will be assigned on the scale presented below. There will be no rounding up a letter grade at the end of the course. There is no extra credit available in this class. As professionals you are expected to continually present a high standard of work raising the bar on quality and delivery.

Grading Scale:
  • A, 601-540;
  • B, 539-480;
  • C, 479-420
  • D, 419-360
  • F, below 359

(List of Assignments):

  • Week 1: Assignment 1 Present Yourself 1 point
  • Week 2: Discussion 1 Globalization 20 points
  • Week 3: Assignment 2 Profession and Focus 10 points
  • Week 4: Discussion 2 Culture 20 points
  • Week 5: Assignment 3 Journal Article Paper identification 10 points
  • Week 6: Discussion 3 Public Health 20 points
  • Week 7: Assignment 4 Questions to ask the literature 10 points
  • Week 8: Discussion 4 Education 20 points
  • Week 9: Assignment 5 Project Management Plan 10 points
  • Week 10: Discussion 5 Transnational Crime 20 points
  • Week 11: Assignment 6 Mid-Course Reflection 10 points
  • Week 11-13: Week of Management 200 points
  • Week 12: Discussion 6 Human rights 20 points
  • Week 13: Discussion 7 Global Future 20 points
  • Week 14: Journal Paper 200 points
  • Week 14; Assignment 7 Final Reflection 10 points
  • Total 601 points.

Week of Management (Final weeks of course—see Calendar inside course): In which each team manages the week, posts and facilitates a discussion on your chosen profession and topic, presents a PPT, discussion questions, urls, and invites the larger community to their presentation on the Discussion Board. Week of Management 200 points Journal Ready Paper 200 points Participation(weekly) in threaded discussions and teams 140 points

Assignments and Projects:

Quick View of Course Requirements-Detailed reading lists and topics are provided within the Course Management System (CMS)

  • Click on UNIV5200: Globalization and the Professions, then Communications and then Discussions.
  • Submit answers to questions on the assigned readings. Deadlines for submission are posted in the syllabus, but generally there is a deadline once a week. Write in complete sentences. Submit the answers on the discussion board by the deadline for each discussion.
  • Write a research paper of the team’s choice of topic.

Course requirements Discussion Board: Once a week, discussion questions will be assigned by the instructor and teams. Access the Discussion Board on the course home page and comment on the questions as suggested by the professor. Tell us what you think is important or what you would do if faced with the situation. Feel free to look at the discussion comments made by your fellow students and respond to their ideas. As ethical dilemmas surface in the news, we will discuss breaking ethical dilemmas. Check out the criteria for threaded discussions to assist you in creating depth of thought and responses to the questions. From the CMS course home page, click on the Discussion Board link. Find the date and title of the case study under Topic and click on the hyperlink. The instructor will post initial moderator’s comments/questions to guide the discussion. Click on the bold hyperlink title of the discussion and a new window will pop up that allows you to read all the messages posted for the topic. Click Reply and add your comments.

Participation in the discussion board will be part of your participation grade. Each student is required to sign on to the web site and post a contribution to the Discussion Board on the topic during the week. The discussions will be time based and closed after a specific time. You will not be allowed to post to the discussion after the deadline has passed. The instructor will evaluate the quality of your participation for the final grade.


Read the assigned chapters and articles. Answer the questions on the assigned readings (emailed to you in the syllabus and also posted on the CMS course site) and submit your answers to the Dropbox by the end of the day the assignment is due. You may submit assignments early. Assignments turned in late will be penalized one letter grade for each day that passes after the deadline. The readings provide the background for the Discussion Board analysis. Therefore, you must read them on a timely basis.

Globalization and the Professions paper:

Student Teams will write a paper analyzing the issues of the globalization and the professions in their intended or current profession. This paper should examine relevant professional issues and real-life dilemmas encountered by members of your profession or intended profession. The final section of the paper should be a more personal discussion of issues you have encountered, or expect to encounter, in your current or anticipated position. The paper should cite at least ten sources in addition to the articles in your textbook. Your paper should include an executive summary (no more than 250 words), which the professor will post on the discussion board after the paper deadline so your fellow classmates can learn about your research.

This paper’s reference style must conform to the parenthetical reference system of American Psychological Association (APA). Style guides are available in bookstores and libraries. Diane Hacker's Pocket Style Guide contains summaries of these style guides sufficient to write the paper. Submit a one page proposal for this paper.

All papers in this class will use APA style for citations. There are a number of online references for APA citation style that are listed below. APA style links: (Right click on link and open hyperlink)

Points will be subtracted from your grade if your citations are not in the correct form.

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course if interaction is part of the course design. Students must communicate with other students in the chat room. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements. Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events.

Late Policy:

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 20, 2020