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French and Francophone Film and Media

We are surrounded by media, a broad term that encompasses visual, textual, and sonorous modes of communication. In this course, we will focus on media from the Francophone world (including Algeria, Belgium, Burundi, France, and Rwanda) by listening to music, reading texts, thinking critically, and discussing how we share stories and histories. We will have mindful and meaningful exchanges concerning identity, inequity, gender, (im)migration, isolation, and building community that seek to respond to today's social concerns.

Sustainable Development

The class examines issues of economic, social, and environmental sustainability and the relationships between economy, society, and the environment in Germany. Students will explore sustainable living practices that focus on creating a circular economy, corporate social responsibility social integration of refugees and other immigrants, diversity, public transportation, renewable energies, recycling, preservation efforts such as re-naturalization as well as effects of local and global food supplies. Taught in German.

Vertically Integrated Project: Graphic Medicine

Graphic medicine is a growing field that focuses on how visual communication can be used for public health purposes. Medical professionals and public health organizations have started using comics to communicate with stakeholders because the form's storytelling capabilities encourage empathy. Research has shown that patients and caregivers are more likely to pay attention to and understand information presented as a comic, rather than as an informational pamphlet.

Information and Communication Technologies and Development

This course focuses on information and communication technology (ICT) design, adoption, and use as seen through the lens of global development. We will begin with studying the history of technological advancement, the global development discourse (from the 1940s to the present era), poverty as experienced, before we engage with the design thinking process. We will then shift our gaze to particular domains of global development, discuss important questions and concerns in these areas of work in the present day, before asking what all this means for us as local and global citizens.

ABCD in Practice: Participatory Facilitation (SHORT COURSE)

This short course reviews the basics of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) - working with communities based on their assets, or strengths - and then introduces participatory facilitation methods that can be used to implement ABCD with diverse stakeholders. These methods can be used by students and professionals alike to create truly equitable and participatory environments, whether that be in academic project work, in the community/field, or in their professional spaces.

In-Humanity: Cruelty/Literature/Media Syllabus

“In-Humanity: Cruelty/Literature/Media” is broken up into various categories of violence (war, massacre, genocide, ecological collapse) via literature, diverse media, and policy. We’ll be reading a novel, a graphic novel, short stories, and excerpts from theoretical texts, as well as looking at photographs and videos to investigate both historical and contemporary conflicts and upheavals.

Global Entrepreneurship

This course will provide you with real-world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to create a startup. You will learn the language and values of entrepreneurship and then work in a small team to hone your entrepreneurial skills. This course is not about how to write a business plan, nor is it an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom or how well you do research. Instead, it is a laboratory: you will be getting your hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works.

Introduction to Land Use Planning

Land use planning touches upon all the core areas of sustainable planning practice, from community development, environmental planning, and economic development, to transportation/mobility and climate change. The course introduces the process of land use planning and shows how the plan document is prepared. It also discussed the criteria for determining good plans and provides an overview of the tools used for implementing sustainable solutions. We draw from recent experiences with neo-traditional planning, smart growth, climate sensitive design, and smart city debates.

Intergenerational Policy

How many of today's leaders and citizens remember the Constitution's Preamble mandate to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves AND our posterity"? Perhaps it's not possible to design such a balance: doing so requires an awareness of intergenerational ethics, an ability to build long-term benefits and costs into our current policy analyses, a realistic understanding of the capabilities of our social and political institutions, and knowledge about the cognitive limits of humans to perceive and plan for future decades.

Urban Policy/Urban Development Policy

In this course, students will learn the policy implications of Complex Adaptive Systems, which is how cities function as a series of networks, institutions, and systems. The course brings together urban planning, municipal management, and policy, which have not typically functioned together. Each class will feature a lecture and readings based on the topic of the class, as well as a guest speaker leading efforts at the government, nonprofit, grassroots, and corporate levels.

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