World Interdependence – Current Global Issues (Section 3 Focus: Diseases without Borders) [CRN 78336]

Discipline: International Education
Instructor: Zimmer
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 - Monday, October 3 | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Climate change, increased population density and geographic mobility are aiding disease outbreaks, such as Ebola, Dengue, Zika and the Flu. We will examine the contributing factors as well as the global and local impacts of these diseases with a particular focus on the countries we will visit.  Applications of current knowledge, such as the release of genetically modified organisms, to combat the diseases will be discussed in the context of local cultures.  Interdisciplinary (scientific, economic, political, religious) aspects of an epidemic will be explored with an emphasis on the complexities of world interdependence. Advances in modern biotechnology, the reach of electronic media and the recent climate change (COP21) and human gene editing summits will be used to drive much of the discussions.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1 - Monday, October 3

We will visit the Catalan Institute of Climate Science, (IC3) an independent, non-profit research center located in Barcelona that currently brings together more than 30 research institutions in one of the larger, if not the largest, scientific clusters in Southern Europe. IC3 is particularly unique in geographical terms because is the first large-scope climate research center created in the Mediterranean Basin. We will take some CO2measurements in different environments around the harbor, beaches and at the IC3. Learn about climate change and IC3. Learning objectives:

  1. Visit an international research lab
  2. Learn to take carbon dioxide measurements
  3. Interpret results
  4. Gain an understanding of the modeling of infectious disease
  5. Understand the interplay between climate and health in disease spread