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Global Learning Guide: Global Challenges

A guide to support "teaching and learning by integrating global issues, activities, and experiences into class content and learning objectives."

Global Challenges

Global Challenges is an exciting national blended learning course made possible by the collaborative efforts of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project (ADP), The New York Times Knowledge Network. The seven global challenges addressed in the course are based on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ 7 Revolutions framework. This hybrid online and in-person course is intended to help educate globally competent citizens.   

Global Citizens

To become globally competent citizens, college students should acquire the following skills upon graduation:

Students should be able to

1. Describe important current events and global issues (e.g., environment, economic, political, health, population).
2. Understand and analyze issues and events in the context of world geography.
3. Explain how historical forces affect current events and issues.
4. Describe the nation-state system with its strengths and limitations.
5. Describe cultures from around the world, including religions, languages, customs, and traditions.
6. Identify transnational organizations (e.g., NGOs, multinational corporations) and their impact on current issues.
7. Explain the interdependence of events and systems.
8. Describe how one's own culture and history affect one's worldview and expectations.

Students should be able to

1. Obtain relevant information related to the knowledge competencies listed above.
2. Analyze and evaluate the quality of information obtained.
3. Think critically about problems and issues.
4. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
5. Communicate and interact effectively across cultures.
6. Speak a second language.
7. Take action to effect change, both individually and with a team.

Students should be predisposed to

1. Be open to new ideas and perspectives.
2. Value differences among people and cultures.
3. Be intellectually curious about the world.
4. Be humble, recognizing the limitations of one's knowledge and skills.
5. Reflect on one's place in the world and connection with humanity.
6. Engage in an ethical analysis of issues and have empathy for one's fellow human beings.
7. Feel a sense of responsibility and efficacy to take action based on ethical analysis and empathy.

Seven Revolutions



Revolution 1: Population

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


Revolution 2: Resource Management

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


Revolution 3: Technology

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


Revolution 4: Information and Knowledge

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


Revolution 5: Economics

How is our economic landscape changing?


Revolution 6: Security

How do we balance state competition/conflict with the increased pressures of transnational threats? 


Revolution 7: Governance

What is the role of leaders, corporations and NGO's in this new enviornment?