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Spring 2018 Committee on Global Thought UN3402 section 001

Call Number 97748
Day & Time
W 10:10am-12:00pm
214 Pupin Laboratories
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Laura L Neitzel
Course Description What does it mean to be 20 years old in our rapidly changing, interconnected world?  There are more youth (aged 15-25) in the world today than at any other time in history, with the majority living in the developing world.  They approach adulthood as the world confronts seismic shifts in the geopolitical order, in the nature and future of work, and in the ways we connect with each other, express identity, engage politically, and create communities of meaning.    What unique challenges and opportunities confront young people after decades of neoliberal globalization?  What issues are most pressing in developing nations experiencing a “youth bulge” and how do they compare to developed nations with rapidly aging populations?  How do young people envision their futures and the future of the world they are inheriting? This course will examine recent scholarship while engaging the young people in the class to define the agenda and questions of the course, and to conduct their own research.
“Global 20” complements a new research project of the Committee on Global Thought, “Youth in a Changing World,” which investigates from the perspective of diverse participants and of young people themselves, the most pressing issues confronting young people in the changing world today.   The course will serve as an undergraduate “lab” for the project, and among other involvements, students in the course will help conceive, plan, and take part in a NYC-wide “Youth Think-In” sponsored by the CGT during the Spring 2018 semester.   Within the course, students will become “regional experts” and examine the primary themes of the class through the prism of specific areas or nations of their choosing.  A final class project includes a “design session” that will consider how universities might better train and empower youth to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities of our interconnected world of the 21stcentury.
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Department Committee on Global Thought
Enrollment 10 students (18 max) as of 7:20PM Saturday, July 14, 2018
Subject Committee on Global Thought
Number UN3402
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20181CGTH3402W001

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