Five CALS curriculum internationalization projects funded. Apply now for next round of grants.

CALS International Programs is pleased to announce that we have awarded five new curriculum internationalization projects that will incorporate international content into science courses across campus. You will find the project descriptions below this message.

We are now sending out a new request for proposals. The application deadline is June 20, 2012. Here is more information.

Please help us spread the word. It is thrilling to be able to support such invested and creative instructors. Many of the projects will be available online soon (can’t wait? Check out Michel Wattiaux’s online case study on dairying in Mexico).


Project Descriptions:
Spring 2012 Science Internationalization Course Development Awards

Redesign of AAE319: The International Agricultural Economy
Course(s) impacted: 3-credit AAE319: The International Agricultural Economy
Project head(s): Kyle W. Stiegert
Project: To update and revise a course on international trade and investment as it pertains to international agribusiness. New curriculum will include four new case studies. Course topics will include: international policies regarding food safety and regulations; issues around biotechnology industries (such as international trade in genetically modified organisms), patterns and trends in foreign direct investments by agribusiness multinationals; the role of the World Trade Organization in agricultural trade; the impacts of regional trade organizations; the influence of risk management in commodity price and exchange rates; and the practice of food retailing by large multinationals.

Integrating Learn@UW into AAE373: Globalization, Development, and Poverty
Course(s) impacted: AAAE373: Globalization, Development, and Poverty
Project head(s): Brad Barham; John Hoffmire
Project: To produce and implement a blended learning component (specifically a Learn@UW site) for a UW-Madison course on globalization, development, and poverty offered at Oxford University during the summer of 2012. The online component will provide the nearly 40 UW-Madison students (mostly freshmen) who have enrolled in this course with an individualized, student-driven means of identifying and processing the cultural aspects of their experience.

European Approaches to the Conservation of Roe Deer, the Ecological Correlate of North America’s White-Tailed Deer
Course(s) impacted: 3-credit FW ECOL 375 : Special Topics/Complexity and Conservation of White-tailed Deer (requesting new course status to FW ECOL 577)
Project head(s): Tim Van Deelan
Project: To produce and integrate three week-long teaching modules that address European approaches to deer impacts on forests, agriculture, and urban and rural areas into a senior capstone course in Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. By offering a global perspective to a local issue (deer management in Wisconsin), the teaching modules will provide interdisciplinary problem-solving opportunities and structured debate regarding the feasibility of using European approaches to manage similar conservation issues with deer in Wisconsin.

Integrating International Practices into Horticulture 120: Survey of Horticulture
Project head(s): Sara E. Patterson
Course(s) impacted: Hort 120 Survey of Horticulture; Hort 334 & 335; Hort 263; Hort 372; Hort 345
Project: To establish an Italian Garden section in the Eagle Heights demonstration gardens during the summer of 2012 for integration into lectures and lab modules in the Department of Horticulture. In addition to providing students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about the usage of herbs and spices from a cultural perspective, including members of the compositaceae and labiaceae families, the Italian Garden section will also demonstrate diverse methods in mulching, composting, and other sustainable gardening practices. This module will later be developed into a capstone opportunity.

Developing the Costa Rica Cloud Forest Studio
Course(s) impacted: 1-cr Landscape Architecture 375: Costa Rica Cloud Forest Studio/ 2-cr. Winter break service learning course
Project head(s): John A. Harrington; Sam Dennis
Project: To establish the Costa Rica Cloud Forest Studio as a long-term site for an international service learning experience in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The studio will help the Cloud Forest School ( by providing guidance for reforestation of disturbed areas, mapping onsite resources, and by making the school grounds available to students and local citizens for environmental education.