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|INAF 226 - Problem of World|
Problem of World introduces students to the messiness of the world’s most complex problems and some of the skills and mindsets it takes to understand and address them. The content is focused on a set of critical complex and fluid challenges that could include topics such as the privatization of international affairs, the biotechnology revolution, the compatibility of democracy and surveillance, or the automation of political communication. The class embraces the complexity of the topics and the fact that addressing them falls outside any one way of knowing and problem-solving. Problem of World is different from most other foundational courses in that its design 1) starts with the challenge rather than the approach of any particular academic discipline or world view, 2) demonstrates the value of expertise in understanding the challenge but the need to maintain humility, empathy, and creativity in applying that expertise, 3) is team taught and 4) does not use textbooks. Learning takes place through a combination of discussion, film, reading, guest engagement, field trips and maybe even lectures. There will be a running emphasis on shifting perspectives and moving beyond one’s comfort zone as part of what it means to tackle complex problems. Georgetown’s Problem of God introduces students to the study of religion and theology rather than any particular religion. Problem of World asks students to critically reflect on what it means to authentically engage in the challenges of international affairs.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Seminar
International Affairs Department