The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

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ALS 2410 – Challenge 2050: Global Uncertainty

By challenge2050 4 years ago

(3 credits; No prerequisite required)

This introductory course builds a foundation for addressing global challenges associated with population fluctuations. ALS 2410 provides diverse and innovative experiences led by interdisciplinary experts. Students engage in discussion-based inquiry and collaborative problem solving integrating economic, environmental, food, health, and social systems. The following learning objectives are included within this course:

  • Develop an appreciation for the intersection between social and natural sciences necessary for addressing global challenges.
  • Apply systems thinking within local, regional, and global contexts
  • Use critical thinking to solve problems
  • Recognize and act upon leadership opportunities as a global citizen


Check out how this course impacted past students (from Fall semester 2013):

“I think that this class changed me in that I pay more attention to what’s going on around me. I am thinking about others as much as I am thinking about myself. I am looking around me at my community, and I am seeing problems we are facing. For those who are thinking about changing the world, this is a great class to do that.”

“This course taught me we cannot do it by ourselves. We need others, and together we have the potential for large-scale changes that can better our world.”

“This class has changed me and hopefully now I can change the lives of others.”

“Communication among systems is critical to us addressing the challenge. If we do not talk, there is no hope for a solution.”

“Learning about challenges we face in the future is disheartening at times, but we will overcome. At first I thought, what can I do? But this is a team effort and we are not going to see change over night. Sustainability is possible through incremental changes and the potential for a better tomorrow is real.”

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