Welcome to Global Issues at CIPLC.
If I could change the world...

In this course you will examine global issues and theory, science and practice of sustainability combined with the development of 21st century learning skills.  You'll gain an understanding of the ethical and philosophical grounding of sustainability and its relevance across society. We'll present the basic science that underpins sustainability, and discuss the debate which surrounds some of these issues.  The global problems we will investigate are based on the book "High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them," by Jean-francois Rischard .

This course is based on the development of each students individual website and the required components using
Web 2.0 concepts. The goal of this class is to go completely paperless, or "Go Green". The mindmap at the bottom of this page illustrates the required pieces. Contact

Students will create an electronic portfolio using web design.Their website will consist of each of the following: Units, Projects, Reflections, Informed Opinions, News Journal, and Links. 

This template is meant to aid students in the setup and content of their websites.  This is only one model.  You are free to design your own unique website as long as organization and content are maintained.


Given the dynamics of this class, this syllabus is a work in progress.  But here are the basic class framework designed in part by me and also adapted from other global issues courses.

Students will research and develop content for each of the 20 global problems in the categories of: Sharing our planet, Sharing our humanity, Sharing our rule book

Specific Content Directions


Each student (or group of students) will complete an Action Project at the conclusion of each Unit.  These action projects are a way to get involved in service learning and community action.  Action Projects will be presented to peers as well as the CIPLC community who will give feedback to the group.


Students will complete reflections on various topics such as articles, movies, class activities, etc. In these they will discuss opinions on issues dealing with class and global issues.