CFANS Grand Challenge Curriculum

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Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) courses at the University of Minnesota are part of the university's new strategic plan, aimed at creating a more agile, more integrated, and deeply engaged 21st-century research university through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Each course focuses on a particular global issue while also developing a foundational set of knowledge, skills, and values that can be applied across a range of potential grand-challenge topics. This video explains more. 

Fall 2016

GCC 3001/5001 Grand Challenge: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?
Jason Hill, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, CFANS

Spring 2016

Six of this spring semester's eight GCC courses are co-taught by CFANS faculty and cover issues that include disease, rivers and cities and climate change. They include:

GCC 3006 Grand Challenge: Climate Change – Myths, Mysteries, and Uncertainties
Tim Griffis, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, CFANS
Jennifer Powers, Departments of Plant Biology and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, CFANS & CBS

GCC 3007/5007 Grand Challenge: Toward Conquest of Disease
Linda Kinkel, Department of Plant Pathology, CFANS

GCC 3009 Grand Challenge: Rivers and Cities: Meeting Future Demands on Urban Water Systems
Jay Bell, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, CFANS

GCC 5008 Grand Challenge: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change
Stephen Polasky, Department of Applied Economics, CFANS

GCC 3010/5010 Grand Challenge: The Global Climate Challenge - Creating an Empowered Movement for Change
Julia Nerbonne, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, CFANS
Jessica Gutknecht, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, CFANS

GCC 3013/5013 Grand Challenge: Making Sense of Climate Change – Science, Art, and Agency
Rebecca Montgomery, Department of Forest Resources, CFANS
Nick Jordan, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, CFANS