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7 Revolutions Course is Expanded

Course on seven revolutions may be offered more widely

April 1, 2010 by Jordan Roston

Re-posted from this website.

Students will soon be able to take a course that focuses on the changing world.

The course, entitled Seven Revolutions, will center on seven issues that will change the way we live through the year 2025: population, resources, technology, knowledge, economic integration, world conflict and governance.

Students will get the opportunity to research and study a specific revolution they feel passionate about and also reflect on its use in their own home towns.

Fewer than 10 universities around the U.S. offer this class to students.

Faculty Senate president Jeff Burnett said the class will be a good way for students to learn about issues surrounding them.

“I think this class is terrific. I think it’s a great opportunity for people at Fort Hays State University and other universities around the nation to actually look beyond themselves and start an open discussion of where we are going, and what it’s going to take to get there and start planning for that future. That involves resources, and the greatest resource is the people,” Burnett said.

Students will take the time to analyze the subjects at hand, as well as bring their own thoughts and ideas into the course.

“I think this course is extremely interesting. It can change its subject because it’s very broad and goes in many different directions,” Burnett said. “There’s going to be some research involved because it is so open-ended.

“They’re going to get a chance to interact with people across the nation and across the world concerning these very issues and what they can do to help.”

The class also reflects the thoughts of the newly adapted FHSU slogan, “Forward thinking. World ready,” by preparing students for the future far ahead.

Burnett said he thinks students need a way to learn about what issues the world is soon to face and prepare to get to that point.

“Bringing a class that teaches about the seven revolutions will be very beneficial to our study body. I believe many students would like to learn about these issues in a non-judgmental setting,” sophomore Lydia Weed said.

Provost Larry Gould says he is a strong supporter of the course and believes students will gain knowledge about the changes people are to experience.

“One of the things that we’re hoping is that students will have a common learning experience. So the hope is 1,000 to 1,200 students taking the class…would give them some kind of connection to each other, and they could continue to talk about the content even after the class is through,” Gould said.

Gould said he hopes the class will teach students some awareness about current events and where the world is headed.

To learn more about the AASCU 7 Revolutions Initiative, please visit this website.

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