Weekend-Today - Carnegie Mellon University

Weekend Intensive Courses

To meet student interests and time constraints, the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University collaborate to offer intensive courses on topics of interest taught by expert faculty, with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, followed by a research paper. The courses are 1 credit hour with about 14 hours of lectures and an expected 30 hours of work for the paper. The courses focus on countries with emerging economies: Brazil, India, China, Russia, and South Africa (BRICS). The Spring 2013 BRICS course is South Africa Today and takes place March 22nd-24th.


Environment Today: The Three E's of Water (99-234A3/99-734A3) / February 22-24, 2013

The "Environment Today" is an annual mini-course that brings students together over a weekend to discuss environmental issues affecting our planet. This weekend course will focus on the “Three E’s” of one of our most essential resources: Water. We will consider environmental impacts on water, and will explore other issues such as the equity and economics of water as a resource. Speakers will focus on the policy, protection, health and history in relation to our use of water resources. Additional topics to be covered are water quality and management, water consumption, and energy related issues. Grades for this course are determined by a series of essay questions, a research paper, participation in a water-themed service learning component and attendance in all lectures.

This course will be held on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Porter Hall #100 (Gregg Hall).

South Africa Today / March 22-24, 2013

Course numbers for Carnegie Mellon student registration are:

  • Course No. 99-335A4 - Carnegie Mellon University-wide
  • Course No. 94-839A4 - Heinz College

This course will be held on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. For course information and updates, please visit the University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center course website.

Muslims in a Global Context (Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, 2013)

The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships and other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are REQUIRED to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini course and answer reflection prompts during the course. DUE TO THE IMMERSIVE NATURE OF THE COURSE, students are expected to attend ALL sessions on ALL THREE DAYS. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a Global Context that has been introduced in class. The paper will be 5-10 pages, double-spaced in 11 pt. font. Research papers should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Course Web Assignment tab for the course (NOT on CMU's Blackboard). The revised deadline will be announced. Typical schedule is 5:00-8:30pm on Friday, 8:30am-6:30pm on Saturday, and 9:00am-12:15pm on Sunday. (These times are approximate).

Muslims in a Global Context: The Gulf States (Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, 2013)
Undergraduate Course Number: 99-336A4
Graduate Course Number: 94-841A4
Mini: A4
Location: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51

Please contact Margie Farinelli (mf0b@andrew.cmu.edu) to register for the grad number.  FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE COURSE NUMBER (99-336A4), PLEASE CONTACT CATHY RIBARCHAK AT cr2@andrew.cmu.edu TO REGISTER.

The upcoming workshop series, beginning in fall 2012, is anticipated to run through spring 2015, for a total of six workshops/courses. The series of workshops include:

  • Spring 2012: The Arab Spring
  • Fall 2012: Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
  • Spring 2013: Gulf States and Iran
  • Fall 2013: Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
  • Spring 2014: Central Asia and Turkey
  • Fall 2014: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Spring 2015: The Americas and Europe

For more information, visit University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center.


India Today: Economy, Technology and People / October 26-28, 2012

Course numbers for Carnegie Mellon student registration are:

  • Course No. 99331  - Carnegie Mellon University-wide Studies
  • Course No. 94815  - Heinz College-wide

India Today will take place on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Porter Hall #100 (Gregg Hall).

For information, please visit the University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center website.

Sponsored by:
University of Pittsburgh: Global Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Department of Economics, Katz Graduate School of Business, the Swanson School of Engineering, International Business Center
Carnegie Mellon University: H. John Heinz III College, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs

Muslims in the Global Context: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India / November 16-18, 2012

5pm Friday November 16 to 12:15 pm Sunday, November 18, 2012 (2400 Sennot Square University of Pittsburgh)

This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim Community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.

For course and registration information, please visit the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center website.

Register for these weekend courses as you would any other course. Since weekend-today courses are offered jointly, students register for University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon course numbers, depending on their affiliation. Registered students are required to complete specified follow up assignments to receive full credit.