University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

JCR1000Y - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Addressing Global Challenges

(Specialized - Non-Technical)

In order to create sustainable solutions to the world’s most important challenges, global development professionals must reach beyond the traditional boundaries of their field of expertise combining scientific/technological, business, and social ideas in an approach known as integrated innovation. In this project-based course, students from various disciplines (engineering, management, health and social sciences) will work together – using participatory methods with an international partner – to address a locally relevant challenge. Students will be expected to integrate their knowledge and experience of global issues in order to identify technical requirements in the context of existing social frameworks (ethical, cultural), as well as the appropriate business and policy systems required to deliver the product to end users. This will be achieved through regular team meetings with stakeholders and with faculty consultants from each discipline. The course will model real life and lead to innovative solutions to major global challenges.

The global challenge in which we will anchor the course this year is childhood hunger; please review the background description of the challenge.

The course is not accessible by students through ROSI.  If you are interested in taking the course, please send an email to:   There will be an information session on Monday, September 9th from 10am to 11am in room WB407.     Enrolment will be limited.

The first class will be on Friday September 13.


Day:  Thursdays

Time:  8 am - 9 am

Location:  BA1240

Day:  Fridays

Time:  9 am - 12 pm 

Location:  MU B019

Session:  Y

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