Acara Courses and Programs

Fall Courses

GCC 3005/5005 Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make? (3 credits)

Instructors: Steve Kelley, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Fred Rose, Acara Director, with guest lectures from Tom Fisher, College of Design

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15-9:30 am on the East Bank

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and can be applied for Honors Credit.

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This is a good class for you if you feel passionate about helping others but struggle to realize your full potential to do so.




GCC 3003/5003 Grand Challenge: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 credits)

Instructors: Cheryl Robertson, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, and Fred Rose, Acara Director

When: Thursdays, 3:35-6:35 pm on the East Bank.

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and can be applied for Honors Credit.

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This is a good class for you if you are a self-driven individual looking for a realistic class to help improve the world.



Watch below for more information about the GCC Courses:

January Course

PA 5743: Acara Impact Venture Launchpad- Ideas to Impact

Do you have an idea to create impact? In this one-week 1.5 credit course, you will design a solution to address an environmental or social challenge that you are passionate about.

When: Monday – Friday, January 8 – 12, 2018, 9 – 5pm

Priority Application: December 20, 2017

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Spring Courses

GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with your Grand Challenge Project Idea

Do you want to learn how to design viable solutions to address a complex social or environmental challenge? Are you interested in taking a course with other motivated students from across the university who care about being changemakers and being mentored by 15 UMN faculty who will be supporting the students in the course? This hands-on course will help you learn the skills to develop solutions to a specific problem that you have worked on in a previous GCC course or a similar project-based class.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15pm, East Bank

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May Term Study Abroad Programs

CEGE 4011/5570: Design for Sustainable Development – India

This multidisciplinary course takes place in Bangalore, India’s fast-growing mega-city and entrepreneurship hub, where rural meets urban, where poverty meets wealth, where environmental and quality of life issues are distinctly intertwined. While enjoying a deep dive into India’s delicious food and diverse culture, you will work in teams with local partners to research and design sustainable solutions to real social and environmental challenges. By the end of the course, you will feel at home in the dynamic and vibrant culture that is India today and gain a deeper appreciation for the challenge of balancing sustainability and economic development.

When: May Term, 2018

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

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CEGE 4011/5570: Design for Sustainable Development – Nicaragua

This interdisciplinary course for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors will introduce you to innovative approaches to sustainable development in Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America. You will work in teams to research and design solutions to real social and environmental challenges while living with host families in the rural mountains of the Northwest while also visiting a women’s community center in Managua, horseback riding to coffee and basket weaving cooperatives in the rainforest, and volcano boarding at the Pacific coast. (Spanish is not required but is preferred.)

When: May Term, 2018

Application Deadline: December 5, 2017

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