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Policy Course Tackles Global Issues

Students in classThis spring, over 55 upperclassmen students participated in the fifth offering of the Global Policy Research Institute's seminar course. This course continued to be popular across campus and had 21 different majors represented. International students represented 35% of the class which allowed for all of the interdisciplinary teams to have an international perspective.

Topics focused on GPRI’s theme areas of agriculture, economy, energy systems, environment, health, security, and society and leadership. The lectures are the basis for student learning in a diverse team setting that requires the teams to identify a policy issue, research the issue, develop alternatives and consequences, present findings to the class, and submit a structured policy brief as the end of term paper. Student selected topics for these papers ranged from economical and sustainable energy to cybersecurity to social discrimination.