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Main Campus · University College · Interdisciplinary Studies Ctr

Not Ignorant World

  • Fall 2020
  • Section LJ5
  • 2 Credits
  • 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
  • Modified 10/10/2020

XIDS 2002, “How not to be ignorant about the world,” focuses on building students’ global knowledge base and giving the students the practical tools and techniques to approach global issues. The topics in this course range from exploring the role of esports in sports entertainment to learning about life expectancy around the World. The various teaching methods are used, such as in-class discussion, in-class and virtual lectures, social media, and small group discussions. Students are required to attend all in-class and virtual classes and to interact with their instructor and classmates.


Selected topics and themes posing a question addressed using the tools and assumptions of a variety of disciplines.




Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Minna Rollins

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Miller Hall, Marketing & Real Estate
  • Phone: 770-847-8151 (home office)

Office Hours

  • Wednesdays
  • Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Miller Hall, Marketing&Real Estate

Please make an appointment via phone or email

  • Monday, Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Virtual

Via GoogleMeet, GotoMeeting, phone

Meeting Times

In-class session

  • Wednesdays at 8.00-9.40am
  • TLC1203 or virtual meeting

See the Announcements and schedule


Materials will be distributed via CourseDen.


As a result of participating in this course, students should be able to:


  1. Adapt written and oral communication to specific rhetorical purposes and audiences.
  2. Recognize and begin to implement the skills necessary to become life-long, active learners through the exploration of an academic topic that focuses on a contemporary and/or enduring topic, question, or problem.
  3. identify, evaluate, and use information appropriate to a specific purpose.






Due Date

Method of Submission

Weekly participation

Option 1 in-class/virtual:

We have both in-class and virtual meetings, and you can miss one of them. You will receive 5 points/class (14 sessions total, you can miss two sessions without penalty).

Criteria: You attend the in-class/virtual sessions and participate in the discussion. Attendance will be taken in every class.

Option 2 online:

You will study the material at your own pace and complete the weekly quiz (14) on CourseDen starting week 3. The material (lecture notes, videos, articles) will be provided for you in the weekly module (such as week 3, week 4). The quizzes are open Thu-Sun. Each quiz you can earn 0-5 points. 



In-class and virtual sessions




Final essay

You will write a 3-page essay about your learning in this course and your first semester in UWG. The guidelines are given in class and CourseDen.




XIDS 2002 Lab Assignments (in CourseDen)

Criteria: Details for successful completion are located on the CourseDen.

The link to the learning lab:


See the schedule



Total Points





Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 90 - 100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F Less than 70




Option 1 in-class/virtual option (some weeks will be virtual)

Option 2 online (study at your own pace and complete quizzes on CourseDen)


Week #



Option 1



Option 2

Online via CourseDen



Introduction and orientation to the course

A map quiz

syllabus quiz


Aug 17-21

US trade & FDI in around the World


Quiz 1 (practice quiz)


Aug 24-28

Indexes of the World and key figures


Quiz w3


Aug 31-Sep4

Virtual meeting,

FYS module: Mindset, due 9/4, at 11:59PM

(everyone completes via CourseDen)


Quiz w4


Sep 8-11

Currencies around the world


Quiz w5


Sep 14-18

Virtual meeting:

Global supply chains


Quiz w6


Sep 21-25

Virtual meeting,

FYS module: Advising, due 4/24, at 11:59PM (everyone completes via CourseDen)


Quiz w7


Sep 28-Oct 2

Esports and gaming


Quiz w8


Oct 5-9

Mystery topic 1


Quiz w9


Oct 12-16

Writing Center presentation, guest speaker


Quiz w10


Oct 19-23

Case Foxconn

Discussion, drafting the case report

Quiz w11


Oct 26-30

Virtual meeting

FYS module: Career Reflection, due 10/30, at 11:59PM

(everyone completes via CourseDen)


Quiz w12


Nov 2-6

Mystery topic 2


Quiz w13


Nov 9-13

Covid around the world


Quiz w14


Nov 16-20

Virtual meeting

FYS module: Study skills and Mindset 2, due 11/20, at 11:59PM

(everyone completes via CourseDen)


Quiz w15


Nov 23-25

Virtual meeting

Preparing for the final essay and the current topic


 Quiz w16


Nov30-Dec 5

Final exam week

Final essay

 Final essay




Course Policies and Resources

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

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If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


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Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

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