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What are the 21st Century Skills?

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What are the 21st Century Skills?

With rapid advances in technology and the economy in the late 20th century and early 21st century, educators, business leaders and government agencies have identified skills, abilities and learning dispositions that would help students attain success in 21st century society.

There are twelve 21st Century Skills and they are grouped into three categories:

1. Learning Skills

The focus is on mental processes required in order to adapt to the current work environment.

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Creativity
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication

2. Literacy Skills

Teaches students how to discern facts, publishing outlets, and the technology behind them. These also help them distinguish trustworthy sources and factual information from the misinformation in the Internet.

  1. Information literacy
  2. Media literacy
  3. Technology literacy

3. Life Skills

These skills focus on intangible elements of a student’s everyday life. These intangibles emphasize both personal and professional qualities.

  1. Flexibility
  2. Leadership
  3. Initiative
  4. Productivity
  5. Social skills


21st Century Skills in MUIC Curriculum

(Interview with Dr. Ruchi Agarwal, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs)

Ms.Ruchi Agarwal

Why is it advantageous for university students to learn 21st Century Skills?

Given that we live in a globalized world that requires an individual to not only have basic skills as was the case in the past, the new requirements of the job market are more towards applied skills. These essential skills include critical thinking, teamwork, creativity among others. For our students to survive in this changing world, there is a need for them to acquire these skills early on in their stay in university. 

How are 21st Century Skills taught to MUIC students?

MUIC has made continuous efforts to instill the 21st Century Skills among students from their freshman year itself. Initially the general education (GE) curriculum required students to take courses in different majors, however, understanding the changing demand of the globalizing world, MUIC initiated a revision of the entire GE curriculum with the combined efforts from members of all programs to design a new GE curriculum based on the 21st Century Skills. The result is a new revised general education curriculum which has the five baskets system based on the 21st Century Skills. These baskets include: Leadership, Critical Thinking, Global Citizenship, Digital Literacy, & Life Appreciation. Each of these baskets include a number of courses that students can choose which teach students the specific skills based on the 21st Century Skills categorization. 

For a list of these general education courses, please see below:

General Education Courses 38 Credits
English Communication 12 / 16 Credits
Note I: Based on their achievement on the essay portion of the MUIC entrance exam, students will be placed into       3 following tracks: ‘ERS Track’, ‘GC Track’ and ‘Advanced GC Track’. •‘ERS Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘ERS Track’ will be required to take ICME 100 (a non-credit course) and complete 16 credits in English Communication: ICGC 101, ICGC 102, ICGC 103 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses. •‘GC Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘GC Track’ will be required to complete 16 credits in English Communication: ICGC 101, ICGC 102, ICGC 103 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses. •‘Advanced GC Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘Advanced GC Track’ will be required to complete 12 credits in English Communication: ICGC 111, ICGC 112 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses. Note II: Students in ‘ERS Track’ and ‘GC Track’ must take ICGC 101, ICGC 102 and ICGC 103 without interruption beginning in their first trimester of enrollment.
GC Track
ICGC101 Academic Writing and Research I 4(4-0-8)
ICGC102 Academic Writing and Research II 4(4-0-8)
ICGC103 Public Speaking 4(4-0-8)
Advanced GC Track
ICGC111 Academic Writing and Research I (Advanced) 4(4-0-8)
ICGC112 Academic Writing and Research II (Advanced) 4(4-0-8)
200+ Level Courses
ICGC201 Global Realities 4(4-0-8)
ICGC202 Literary Analysis 4(4-0-8)
ICGC203 Creative Writing 4(4-0-8)
ICGC204 Advanced Oral Communication 4(4-0-8)
ICGC206 Literature Into Film 4(4-0-8)
ICGC208 Language and Culture 4(4-0-8)
ICGC210 First and Second Language Acquisition 4(4-0-8)
ICGC211 Topics in Comparative Literature A: Poetry 4(4-0-8)
ICGC212 Topics in Comparative Literature B: The Short Story and the Novel 4(4-0-8)
ICGC213 Topics in Comparative Literature C: Drama 4(4-0-8)
ICGC214 Literary Non-fiction 4(4-0-8)
ICGC215 Writing for Research 4(4-0-8)
Life Appreciation 4 Credits
ICGH113 Moving Pictures: A History of Film 4(4-0-8)
ICGH117 Drawing as Creative Expression 4(2-4-6)
ICGH118 Photography Visualizing in the Digital Age 4(2-4-6)
ICGH119 Listen! Soundscapes, Well-Being and Musical Soul Searching 4(4-0-8)
ICGN105 Ecology, Ecosystems and Socio-Economics in Southeast Asia 4(3-2-7)
ICGN108 Essentials of Culinary Science for Food Business 4(3-2-7)
ICGN109 Food for Health 4(4-0-8)
ICGN110 Maker Workshop 4(3-2-7)
ICGN112 Stargazer 4(3-2-7)
ICGN113 Plants, People and Poisons 4(4-0-8)
ICGN115 Human Evolution, Diversity and Health 4(4-0-8)
ICGN120 Chemistry of Cosmetics and Dietary Supplements 4(4-0-8)
ICGN124 Climate Change and Human Society 4(3-2-7)
ICGN125 Games and Learning 2(2-0-4)
ICGN135 Personal Health and Well being 2(2-0-4)
ICGP101 American Flag Football 1(0-2-1)
ICGP102 Badminton 1(0-2-1)
ICGP103 Basketball 1(0-2-1)
ICGP104 Body Fitness 1(0-2-1)
ICGP105 Cycling 1(0-2-1)
ICGP106 Discover Dance 1(0-2-1)
ICGP107 Golf 1(0-2-1)
ICGP108 Mind and Body 1(0-2-1)
ICGP109 Selected Topics in Sports 1(0-2-1)
ICGP110 Self Defense (Striking) 1(0-2-1)
ICGP111 Self Defense (Grappling) 1(0-2-1)
ICGP112 Soccer 1(0-2-1)
ICGP113 Social Dance 1(0-2-1)
ICGP114 Swimming 1(0-2-1)
ICGP115 Tennis 1(0-2-1)
ICGP116 Volleyball 1(0-2-1)
ICGS102 Business Sustainability and the Global Climate Change 4(4-0-8)
ICGS111 Exploring Religions 4(4-0-8)
ICGS115 Sociology in the Modern World 4(4-0-8)
ICGS125 American History, Popular Media and Modern Life 4(4-0-8)
ICGS126 Introduction to Psychology 4(4-0-8)
ICGS127 Positive Psychology 4(4-0-8)
ICGS128 Global Gastronomy and Cuisines 4(4-0-8)
ICGS129 Tea Studies 2(2-0-4)
ICGS141 Coffee studies 2(2-0-4)
ICGS142 Contemporary Spirituality and Marketing 1(1-0-2)
ICLL100 Self Development 2(2-0-4)
Global Citizenship 4 Credits
ICGH116 World Cinemas 4(4-0-8)
ICGH120 Thai and ASEAN Cinema 4(4-0-8)
ICGH121 The End of the World? Development and Environment 4(4-0-8)
ICGH122 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 4(4-0-8)
ICGH123 Faiths, Ecological Justice, and the Tropical Rainforests 2(2-0-4)
ICGH127 Rome: An Empire’s Rise and Fall 4(4-0-8)
ICGL101 Elementary German I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL102 Elementary German II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL103 Elementary German III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL111 Elementary Japanese I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL112 Elementary Japanese II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL113 Elementary Japanese III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL121 Elementary French I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL122 Elementary French II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL123 Elementary French III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL131 Elementary Chinese I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL132 Elementary Chinese II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL133 Elementary Chinese III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL141 Elementary Spanish I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL142 Elementary Spanish II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL143 Elementary Spanish III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL160 Introduction to Thai Language and Culture 4(4-0-8)
ICGL161 Elementary Thai I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL162 Elementary Thai II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL163 Elementary Thai III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL170 Diversities in Multilingual Societies 2(2-0-4)
ICGL201 Pre-Intermediate German I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL202 Pre-Intermediate German II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL203 Pre-Intermediate German III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL211 Pre-Intermediate Japanese I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL212 Pre-Intermediate Japanese II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL213 Pre-Intermediate Japanese III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL221 Pre-intermediate French I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL222 Pre-intermediate French II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL223 Pre-intermediate French III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL231 Pre-Intermediate Chinese I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL232 Pre-Intermediate Chinese II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL233 Pre-Intermediate Chinese III 4(4-0-8)
ICGL241 Pre-Intermediate Spanish I 4(4-0-8)
ICGL242 Pre-Intermediate Spanish II 4(4-0-8)
ICGL243 Pre-Intermediate Spanish III 4(4-0-8)
ICGN126 Plant Society 2(2-0-4)
ICGS106 Fashion and Society 4(4-0-8)
ICGS112 Geography of Human Activities 4(4-0-8)
ICGS123 Tourism Concepts and Practices 4(4-0-8)
ICGS130 Political Science 4(4-0-8)
ICGS131 Introduction to International Studies 4(4-0-8)
ICGS132 Career Preparation in a Globalized World 4(4-0-8)
ICGS133 Foundation of Mediterranean Cultures 4(4-0-8)
ICGS143 Introduction to Air Transport and Tourism 4(4-0-8)
Critical Thinking 4 Credits
ICGH101 Biotechnology: from Science to Business 4(4-0-8)
ICGH102 Famous Arguments and Thought Experiments in Philosophy 4(4-0-8)
ICGH103 Logic, Analysis and Critical Thinking: Good and Bad Arguments 4(4-0-8)
ICGH105 Technology, Philosophy and Human Kind: Where Are We Now?! 4(4-0-8)
ICGH106 The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization 4(4-0-8)
ICGH107 Contemporary Art and Visual Culture 4(4-0-8)
ICGH109 Creative Thinking Through Art and Design 4(2-4-6)
ICGH110 Drawing as Visual Analysis 4(2-4-6)
ICGH115 Cinematic Language and Applications 4(4-0-8)
ICGH124 Life Drawing and Anatomy 4(2-4-6)
ICGH125 How Can We Know What Is Good? Moral Reasoning and Behavior 4(4-0-8)
ICGH126 Behavioral Ethics: Why Good People Do Bad Things 2(2-0-4)
ICGN107 The Chemistry of Everyday Life 4(4-0-8)
ICGN111 Physics for CEO 4(4-0-8)
ICGN123 The Earth’s Dynamic Structure 4(3-2-7)
ICGN127 Practical Mathematics 2(2-0-4)
ICGS103 Economics in Modern Business 4(4-0-8)
ICGS105 Personal Financial Management 4(4-0-8)
ICGS113 Perspectives on the Thai Past 4(4-0-8)
ICGS134 Is Democracy Good? 4(4-0-8)
ICGS135 Entrepreneurial Accounting 4(4-0-8)
ICGS144 Price Discrimination: Why Do We Pay More Than Others? 1(1-0-2)
Leadership 4 Credits
ICGN114 The Scientific Approach and Society 4(4-0-8)
ICGN128 Climate Emergency, Biodiversity Crisis, and Humanity at Risk 2(1-2-3)
ICGS104 Essentials of Entrepreneurship 4(4-0-8)
ICGS118 Skills in Dealing with People Across Cultures 4(4-0-8)
ICGS121 Abnormal Colleagues: how do I make this work? 4(4-0-8)
ICGS136 Social and Health Issues in Thailand 4(3-2-7)
ICGS137 Witchcraft and Gender Representation 4(4-0-8)
ICGS138 Business Event Essentials 4(4-0-8)
ICGS139 Leadership and Change for a Global Society 4(4-0-8)
ICGS145 Service-Learning – Management of Community Service Project 4(2-4-6)
ICGS146 Salaya Community Service Learning Project 4(2-4-6)
ICGS147 Women in Leadership 4(4-0-8)
ICGS148 Service Learning – Digital Campaign for Gender Issues 4(2-4-6)
ICGS149 Service Learning – Making Change 4(2-4-6)
ICGS150 Service Learning – Campaigning for a Cause 4(2-4-6)
ICGS151 Service Learning – The Art of Leadership in Practice 4(2-4-6)
ICGS152 Fantasy Literature’s Environmental Message 4(4-0-8)
ICLL101 Professional Development 2(2-0-4)
Digital Literacy 4 Credits
ICGH111 Media Literacy: Skills for 21st Century Learning 4(4-0-8)
ICGN116 Understanding and Visualizing Data 4(3-2-7)
ICGN118 Everyday Connectivity 4(4-0-8)
ICGN119 Computer Essentials 4(4-0-8)
ICGN129 Programming for Problem Solving 4(4-0-8)
ICGN130 Cryptography: The Science of Making and Breaking Codes 2(2-0-4)
ICGN131 Digital Search Literacy 2(2-0-4)
ICGN132 Digital Security and Privacy 2(2-0-4)
ICGN133 E-Business: Technology and Digital Strategies 4(4-0-8)
ICGN134 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 2(2-0-4)
ICGS140 Fake News, Censorship and the Politics of Truth 4(4-0-8)
ICLL102 Skills for a Digital World 2(2-0-4)

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