1st Edition

Internationalizing the Curriculum

By Betty Leask Copyright 2015
    208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The drive to internationalize higher education has seen the focus shift in recent years towards its defining element, the curriculum. As the point of connection between broader institutional strategies and the student experience, the curriculum plays a key role in the success or failure of the internationalization agenda. Yet despite much debate, the role and power of curriculum internationalization is often unappreciated. This has meant that critical questions, including what it means and how it can be achieved in different disciplines, have not been consistently or strategically addressed.

    This volume breaks new ground in connecting theory and practice in internationalizing the curriculum in different disciplinary and institutional contexts. An extensive literature review, case studies and action research projects provide valuable insights into the concept of internationalization of the curriculum. Best practice in curriculum design, teaching and learning in higher education are applied specifically to the process of internationalizing the curriculum. Examples from different disciplines and a range of practical resources and ideas are provided. Topics covered include:

    • why internationalize the curriculum?;
    • designing internationalized learning outcomes;
    • using student diversity to internationalize the curriculum;
    • blockers and enablers to internationalization of the curriculum;
    • assessment in an internationalized curriculum;
    • connecting internationalization of the curriculum with institutional goals and student learning.

    Internationalizing the Curriculum provides invaluable guidance to university managers, academic staff, professional development lecturers and support staff as well as students and scholars interested in advancing theory and practice in this important area.


    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Why Internationalise the Curriculum?

    Chapter 3: A Conceptual Framework for Internationalisation of the Curriculum

    Chapter 4: The Process of Internationalising the Curriculum

    Chapter 5 The Foundations


    Chapter 6: The Building Blocks

    Chapter 7: Using Student Diversity

    Chapter 8: Blockers, Enablers and Encouraging Powerful Ideas


    Chapter 9: Resources

    Chapter 10 Case Studies

    Appendix 1




    Betty Leask is Professor of Internationalization and Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where she leads curriculum innovation and improvement across the institution. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.