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The Global Classroom“ Sustainable Cities: A Contradiction in Terms?”

 The Global Classroom is a partnership between Arizona State University and Leuphana University in Lüneburg (Germany). The Center for Biology and Society and the School of Sustainability participate to this exciting experiment that aims to develop a model for Liberal Arts Education. The Global Classroom started in January 2013 when the first cohort of students from both Leuphana and ASU started working on the topic “Sustainable Cities: A contradiction in terms?”

Take a look at what our colleagues in Germany have to say about their experience in the Global Classroom 2013-2014.

 What do we do in the Global Classroom?
The Global Classroom is a 3 semesters class.

In Fall 2014, the Global Classroom will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 -11:45 a.m. 

We start by exploring the city you live in and learning about what urban theorists, philosophers and sustainability scientists have claimed. We produce videos and audio recordings, gather materials from historical archives and engage with local institutions both in Phoenix and in Lüneburg.  We use Video Technology (an ASU partner), GoogleHangouts and Adobe Connect to effectively communicate across the Oocean.

In Fall 2014 the students from Leuphana will come to ASU and visit for 2 weeks. During the visit, students from Leuphana will travel to ASU and get started working with their peers on collaborative projects. At the end of Spring 2015 ASU students will go to Leuphana and finalize the product of their collaboration and deliver a public presentation of their work.

Take a look at what we did when the Leuphana students visited ASU in Fall 2013.

 Who is involved in the Global Classroom?

The faculty members from ASU are Manfred Laubichler, Sander Van Der Leeuw, Jane Maienschein, and Rick Creath  A post-doctoral researcher, Guido Caniglia, will work with the rest of the instructors and teaching assistants to lead the class as well as the development of the projects.

 For more information and an application, please contact the Center for Biology and Society,  Guido Caniglia (guido.caniglia@asu.edu)


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