Human Crossroads: Confronting Global Challenges through Time, Identity and Place
Human Crossroads asks students to respond to some of the world's greatest challenges using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the intersection of geography, history, anthropology and sociology. The curriculum is comprised of units dedicated to central thematic questions ranging from the meaning of human identity to the value of borders, the possibility of religious pluralism and vexing problems of global inequities. Each unit starts by asking, "what is where, why there, why care?" using maps. Course material and projects include current events, academic texts, online resources and data visualizations. Students learn to read actively, analyze maps, interpret data, write thesis-driven essays and synthesize information, with according skill-based assessments. This class is not only intended to develop academic skills, but to foster curiosity, self-reflection, global citizenship and a renewed commitment to the pursuit of truth, love and justice in the world.