#SS-04-12 Population 10 Billion: Researching Global Issues
About CourseThe University of Sheffield
Explore the importance of university research in a global context
By the end of this century, it’s expected that the world’s population will reach 10 billion. What will it be like to live in a world with 10bn people? Global issues like climate change, migration, food security, and ageing will continue to cause problems for a growing population.
On this course, you will discuss solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. You will learn how university researchers from different subject disciplines work together to address these issues. You will understand the importance of collaborative research and developing a broad range of knowledge.
What topics will you cover?
- Could robots help us to live independently for longer?
- What story is the media telling us about migration and how can we challenge this representation?
- How can we overcome yield plateaus in food production?
- What impact can universities (and their students) have on real-world problems?
- Who will shape our energy future?
What Will I Learn?
- Discuss possible solutions to a range of global issues.
- Describe the concept of wicked problems.
- Engage with university-level research.
- Explain why interdisciplinary networks are critical for effective research.
Topics for this course
Welcome to 10bn
How will we live in a world of 10bn?
Getting to know you
Population 10 billion
Where did the number 10 billion come from?
So, what’s the answer?
Introducing wicked problems
The wicked problems of 10 billion00:05:15
Is the future bright or gloomy?00:06:53
Working in the spaces in between
The spaces in between00:01:46
Building interdisciplinarity in the spaces in between
How does research happen?00:03:22
Let’s create our own space in between
Looking ahead to next
This course takes us together to discuss solutions to some of the world's most pressing life problems. From this we learn how university researchers from different disciplines work together to solve these problems. It really benefited me a lot.
I spoke very well of the research in the course on how we can overcome the stagnation in food production, and I loved it.
Global issues such as climate change, migration, food security and ageing will continue to pose problems for a growing population as a result of population growth. How exactly are these problems to be solved? This course explores how university researchers learn to solve problems together.
By the end of the century, the world's population is expected to reach 100 and there are many university researchers working on these questions. This course really gets us thinking.