ALA 250 - Topics in Critical Issues
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Critical Issues for Climate Solutions
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Minicourse, Theme
Enforced Prerequisites:
Students cannot enroll if they have already completed 4 instances of ALA 250 or UC 270, Topic Titles Critical Issues in Education, Critical Issues in Health, Critical Issues in Sustainability, or Critical Issues in Detroit .
May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This fun and engaging minicourse enables students to explore pressing issues related to climate and sustainability, learn the tools to identify and define problems, and design creative solutions. 

Each week an expert who has dedicated a substantial portion of their career working in climate and sustainability will join us for the first hour of class to share their story, have an open discussion about the most pressing challenges they face in their work, and communicate lessons they’ve learned.

The second hour of class will involve engaging discussion based activities where you will work with your peers, challenge your own assumptions, and broaden your perspective. These discussion activities will be led by student course facilitators, ranging from small groups to full class discussion.


ALA 250 - Topics in Critical Issues
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23
002 (LEC)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Partial Term 10/18/23 - 12/6/23

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