“Providing food, water, energy and other human needs to the world's entire population without harming the environment is a formidable task,” according to Purdue University’s Global Sustainability Institute. Global sustainability is an academic discipline that has infiltrated all levels of education. Inherently interdisciplinary in nature, global sustainability involves all colleges of any university. International business and its academic twin, foreign languages for business and economics, can play a critical role in the teaching of global sustainability. In this article, the co-authors describe the teaching of global sustainability in foreign language classrooms through the use of case studies. The co-authors specifically created case studies with Africa as the continental canvas. Imbedded within the case study collection are case studies on the empowerment of women via entrepreneurship, a critical branch of global sustainability. The case studies in the collection entitled Global Problem Solving: Africa are designed for use in Business English, Business French, and Business Arabic courses. All cases feature a student-centered approach though its main activity entitled Taking the Role of the Decision Maker, in which students must analyze problems and propose solutions to those globally oriented problems.
Sacco, Steven J.; Jones, Altina M.; and Sacco, Richard L.
"Incorporating Global Sustainability in the Business Language Curriculum,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 19, Article 3.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol19/iss1/3