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
What effects will population growth/decline, aging, migration and urbanization have on our future world?
Resources 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?
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
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Shala Mills, Global Challenges National Course Coordinator
Fort Hays State University
Director, The American Democracy Project