MCOM 180: Exploring the World of Global Leadership

France, Belgium, and Italy

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Program Dates

June 10–July 5, 2013

Program Overview

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent, it is imperative that students are prepared to work and live in a “globalized” world. This four-week program is designed to help students begin a journey of becoming “globally competent.” It explores concepts such as globalization, global leadership, global citizenship, and corporate social responsibility/shared value. Through classroom instruction, interaction with local business leaders, and cultural excursions, this course will help develop students’ “global mindset” through (1) providing experiential and factual knowledge of three world-class cities (Florence, Paris, and Brussels), (2) building their abilities to analyze and interpret world events through multiple frames of reference, and (3) establishing the beginnings of a global network of friends, colleagues, and contacts.

Country Facts

Visit the relevant CIA World Factbook pages on France, Belgium, and Italy for general information about their geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

MCOM 180, Exploring the World of Global Leadership: France, Belgium and Italy (6 units)

This program features a combination of readings, lectures, and discussions. Students will interact with local lecturers and strategic communication professionals as well as participate in numerous cultural excursions, including guided walking tours of Paris’ most distinctive neighborhoods and Florence’s Renaissance sites. The real value of this program, however, is the fieldtrips to the some of the world’s top strategic consulting and communication firms. These are firms who are helping corporations become better global corporate citizens.

Key learning objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the world today by examining different globalization models.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the concept of global citizenship.
  • Students will gain an understanding the terms global corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility.
  • Students will gain an understanding of what it means to have a global mindset.
  • Students will gain an understanding of global entrepreneurship.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the European Union and how it works.
  • Students will gain an understanding of how to analyze and interpret cultural differences.


This is a 6-unit course designed for any upper division undergraduate or graduate student who desires to learn more about global citizenship and leadership—particularly in business. This course includes both pre- and post-trip assignments. French language ability is not required as classes are conducted in English.

Accommodation, Safety and Visas

Students will stay in dormitories at Cite Universitaire, one of Paris’ leading centers for international cultural and academic exchange, with full use of the ACCENT Center, including experienced local staff, computer access, lending library, and study area. A bus and métro pass for the duration of the program is included, as well as transportation and housing for trips to Brussels and Florence. Students will be responsible for their own meals but will have the option to purchase meal tickets for the cafeteria at Cité Universitaire (Paris). Students will also have access to student kitchens on campus. Students will fly to and from Paris on their own. All program participants will be covered by mandatory travel insurance.

Travel breakdown:
Arrive in Paris on Monday, June 10
Depart for Florence on Saturday, June 15
Florence part of the program begins on Monday, June 17
Overall Program ends on Friday, July 5

As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter France, Belgium, and Italy without a visa for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

There is currently no US travel warning for France, Belgium, or Italy. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information pages for each country:

Program Leader

Dr. Mathew Cabot, Journalism & Mass Communications
(408) 924-3273

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (6 units @ $250 each) 1,500
Administration Fee 200
Program fees, lodging, class materials and local tours approx. 3,492
Estimated Total $5,192


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