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Confronting Global Challenges: Online Mini-Course

Confronting Global Challenges:  An Online GPSC Mini-Course

blue-planet-with-textIn 2013, George Mason University created a short online mini-course, Confronting Global Challenges, for use and development by the university members of the Global Problem-Solving Consortium (GPSC). GPS faculty are encouraged to use this course in whole or in part as teaching material and to contribute their suggestions on how to develop the course further. The course developers hope to stimulate an international conversation about the four featured global problems (see course outline below) and to eventually add new lectures and course material from faculty at other universities.  For more information and access to the course, please contact Madelyn Ross, Global Consortium Director at George Mason University,

CONFRONTING GLOBAL CHALLENGES  consists of the following sections:

Overview and Orientation

Confronting Global Challenges: An Invitation      Dr. Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University

Module 1: Public Engagement in Climate Change    Dr. Edward Maibach, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, GMU

Module 2: Global Health: Obesity and the Nutrition Transition   Dr. Lisa Pawloski, Professor and Chair, Nutrition & Food Studies, GMU

Module 3: Human Rights  Dr. Peter Stearns, Provost and Executive Vice President, GMU

Module 4: Conflict Resolution      Dr. Susan Allen Nan, Director, Center for Peacemaking Practice, GMU

Each module features a short introduction and two thought-provoking lectures on the topic,  a discussion board (Expanding the International Conversation), Additional Resources, and a quiz. The modules are designed to encourage the audience to go further, and the flexible/expandable format of the online MOOC platform was used to encourage additional participation from faculty and students at partner universities in the Global Problem-Solving Consortium (GPSC). The course will gradually expand to include new perspectives, case studies, and new topics from both faculty and students in the Consortium. George Mason University welcomes your Comments and suggestions.