The University’s new Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) offers interdisciplinary, solution-oriented courses about important global issues. All classes are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors with unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Read more about what makes GCC courses unique or watch this short video, and then register for one of the Fall 2016 courses!
All GCC courses:
- Are 3 credits
- Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines
- Meet a Liberal Education (LE) theme
- Fulfills an Honors Experience for Honors students
Fall 2016 Grand Challenge Courses
Can we feed the world without destroying it? (GCC 3001/5001)
This course tackles the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment and our civilization as a whole.
Instructors: Professor Jason Hill and Regents Professor David Tilman.
The fracking boom: Challenges and perils of the hydrocarbon renaissance (GCC 3004)
In this course, students consider how fracking has transformed political, economic, and environmental challenges related to developing a sustainable energy system.
Instructors: Professor Maximiliano Bezada and Professor Bruce Braun.
Seeking solutions to global health issues (GCC 5003)
Complex global health problems in the world’s poorest countries need to be addressed through approaches that go beyond traditional health science disciplines, and solutions often lie at the interface of animal, environmental, and human health. The course examines possible solutions to issues such as pandemic response, food insecurity, maternal mortality and civil society collapse during conflict.
Instructors: Professor Cheryl Robertson and Fred Rose, Program Director, Acara.
Global Venture Design: What impact will you make? (GCC 5005)
This course considers how small teams of motivated individuals can move from an understanding of a global problem — renewable energy, food security, public health threats — to creating meaningful impact through the creation of social ventures. Student teams will design innovative solutions for communities in Uganda, India and Nicaragua.
Instructors: Fred Rose, Program Director, Acara; Stephen Kelley, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Guest Lecturers will include: Tom Fisher, College of Design and Instructional Staff from India, Nicaragua and Uganda.