Education: Problem or Solution

While there is agreement that education is key to individual and community well-being, much controversy exists over education’s goals and how to achieve them. Issues include identifying education challenges and effective solutions, recognizing how social or economic status interacts with education, and examining what role political ideologies play. Students engage with a variety of speakers, […]

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Is Global Citizenship a Dream

With the recent rise of populism across the Western world, this course will help students with international aspirations to critically examine the emerging issues related to “being a global person.” Course readings and team projects explore global citizenry and cover topics such as globalization, the sovereign state, economic interdependence, the global enterprise, ethics, prejudice, and […]

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Tactical Urbanism

For a problem of intriguing complexity, look no further than the contemporary city.  Home to two-thirds of the world’s population, modern cities — gloriously diverse cultural, innovation, and artistic hubs, and often refuges for those who seek opportunity or escape from restrictive worlds — are nonetheless contested, even violent, grounds, spatially embodying social, political, and economic […]

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Branding Nations and Cultures

Branding Nations and Cultures will advance the goals of the Complex Problems program by using communications theory and practical application texts & learning tools to “unpack” concepts of national narratives in global diplomacy. Throughout the course, the very accessible concepts of national identity (and the branding of places and cultures in addition to nations) will be […]

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