President's Global Course Initiative
The Global Course Initiative was funded by President Jared Cohon during 2005-2008 through his Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation. The Global Working Group chaired by Professors Indira Nair and Dick Tucker coordinated the effort. This initiative called for course proposals that strive to globalize undergraduate education. The seven courses listed below were selected and offered grant funding support for up to three years to pilot, re-design and implement.
These courses are now offered on a regular basis:
- Global Systems Project Management — an information systems course in which students from Pittsburgh work collaboratively with students from Singapore Management University
- Disastrous Encounters — a history course examining natural and man-made disasters through time and taught at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh and Qatar campuses
- Health, Development and Human Rights — a philosophy course in which students consider the ethics of global poverty and its implications for health and development
- Technology for Developing Communities — a course taught by computer science, robotics and history faculty,and examining how technology can combat global poverty.
- International Collaborative Construction Management — an engineering course that studies the life cycle of construction projects around the world
- Biotechnology Impacting Ourselves, Societies and Sphere (BIOS^3) — a biology course that examines the social and cultural contexts of biotechnology at a global level, with videoconferencing among Pittsburgh and Qatar students and a clinic in Zambia
- Mapping Urbanism — a course taught by architecture faculty that examines global cities and urban culture