• Promise & Peril in the 21st Century: Thinking Critically About Global Challenges

    Promise & Peril in the 21st Century is a blended learning course that teaches students to think more deeply and critically about major international and public policy issues. In so doing, it prepares students to fulfill their roles as globally competent American citizens. This course emerges from a longstanding collaboration between AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and The New York Times.

    This interactive course is organized around the Seven Revolutions framework, an educational resource developed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 1992. The Seven Revolutions framework identifies the following seven global trends—or global challenges—as likely to transform the world over the next several decades:

    What effects will population growth/decline, aging, migration and urbanization have on our future world?

    What changes will we see in food, water and energy consumption/production?

    What changes are we going to see in computation, robotics, biotechnology and nanotechnology?

    How does the vast amount of data change how we learn and govern in the future?

    How is our economic landscape changing?

    How do we cope with a post-9/11 world? Is there a new paradigm?

    What is the role of leaders, corporations and NGO’s in this new environment?

    How does Promise & Peril in the 21st Century work?

    This course uses a combination of online and in-person teaching methods to deliver materials and facilitate activities, and is compatible with a variety of learning management systems. For more information, please visit www.blendedcourses.org.

    Why teach Promise & Peril in the 21st Century at your university?

    For Your University: 

    • Energize your campus’s commitment to global citizenship and internationalization.
    • Enhance your first-year experience, capstone or honors program.

    For Your Faculty: 

    • Experience the stimulating collaborative environment of working with colleagues across campuses toward common interdisciplinary learning objectives.
    • Teach an exciting curriculum that is framed by the research of one of the world’s leading non-partisan public policy think tanks and supported by one of the world’s premier newspapers.
    • Experiment with cutting edge models for blended learning environments.

    For Your Students: 

    • Encourage your students to think more deeply and critically about international and public policy issues.
    • Challenge students to consider the current and future implications of the course's seven Global Challenges in their personal and professional lives.

    Contact Us

    Shala Mills, Global Challenges National Course Coordinator
    Fort Hays State University