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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Global Challenges

LUC's programme revolves around 4 Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity, and Diversity

Each Global Challenge will be taught in the first year, in order to help you understand interdisciplinary thinking as well as provide a window into each Major. They are taught in a plenary lecture form accompanied by a small scale seminar format.

The plenary lecture each week will give an introductory overview of each way of thinking about the global challenge, and introduce the topic of the seminar, which will go into more depth on an issue or problem that the approach in question encourages students to think about.

Seminars provide an environment in which students can discuss a topic in smaller groups afterwards.

Overview of Global Challenges

The Peace & Justice course examines the complexity of the interconnectedness of peace and jus­tice in a globalised world. The causes of conflict are examined in depth, as well as the changing nature of contemporary conflicts and international responses. This course examines how such conflicts have changed in terms of their goals, actors, methods of warfare, and financing.

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This Global Challenge focuses on a myriad of human-exacerbated environmental change topics, such as ecosystem functioning and energy usage, deforestation and land use change, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, contaminants, and food production.

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 The course introduces students to the ways in which institutions shape human welfare, and to how the ‘right’ institutions can be designed, created, and reinforced. As such, it provides students with the social scientific tools to think about and address the global challenges of good governance, international development, and public health

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The course introduces students to a range of conventional markers of diversity: gender and sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and nationalism, and religion. These themes are used as lenses to examine the ways in which we define what is “normal” and what is “different” in personal, cultural, historical, and socio-political terms.

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