Global Connections & Public Affairs Explorations Course Descriptions
It is a globalized and interconnected world, and networking and communication is more necessary now than ever. The Program teaches communication and networking skills by fostering interaction with professionals from varied fields through guest speakers and field trips. The Program teaches an understanding of connections between groups and people around the world.
As an enabler of advanced communication, technology is embraced, taught, and practiced in class.
In order to gain insight into the workings of global communities, students of the Program gain hands-on experience with problem-solving in their own community. Key events are organized each year in which students in the Program are expected to take an active part. Volunteer opportunities are offered through the Program. Leadership is learned by organizing student-led committees with goals of serving the community through fundraising, volunteer work, or other creative methods.
“Global Communications and Public Affairs” Core Classes:
The “GCPA” core classes are unique in that they are based on the development, completion, and execution of a year-long group project, the “Global Greatness Project.”
Students extensively research a pertinent global problem of their choice and become experts in their field.
Students create a ground-breaking solution to their issue, and research ways to implement their solution.
Students turn their thoughts and ambitions into actions and results: students use any resources available to them to implement their solution
In GCPA I, students make friends and investigate global problems, exploring connections between issues and possible solutions. The students select an issue they are passionate about and form groups with students that share their passion. Research is conducted, and culminates in the presentation of the Project to a panel of professionals at the end of the class.
In GCPA II, the students work in the same groups assembled in GCPA I, and try to implement their Project’s solution. Students do this by:
- Writing to local political leaders and newspapers
- Giving a video-taped speech
- Creating a website
- The possibilities are endless and students are encouraged to be creative.
- Students are aided by their teacher to achieve their ambition.
College and Career
Partnerships with AACC
South River Internships
Global Communications and Public Affairs Signature Program students have special opportunities to participate in internships.
Internships provide valuable work experience, strengthens resumes and college applications, and allow students to network. Internships may also be completed for credit at South River High School upon completion of 135 hours in one semester.
Some of the GCPA Program's internship opportunities include:
- Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center
- CASL (Council of Advanced Student Leaders) Internship Program
- Conduct medical research alongside doctors
- Receive Collaborative Institute for Institutional Training (CITI) certification
- Network within the medical community
- Challenged to improve the business capacity and profits of venues within Anne Arundel Medical Center
- iJET, Integrated Risk Management
- Regional Analyst Intern
- Choose a region of interest (Middle East, Russia, Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas)
- Work alonside regional experts to track trends and current events
- Contribute to a growing statistical database
- Develop familiarity with cultures abroad
- IT Intern
- Cooperate with iJET's growing IT department to keep up with technological advances
- Contribute to app development