Make the world better by confronting complex social issues in the fields of philosophy, politics and economics.
This project is a core component of PHI 485: Integrating Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. This course has students explore advanced issues at the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics. Each of these disciplines considers complex social problems with its own toolkit, and with its own set of questions. By the end of the course, students will be better able to integrate these different approaches into a richer lens on how we can confront complex social issues.
For this capstone project, students will work in teams of 4 or 5 to (1) think about how to make the world demonstrably better and (2) then actually do it. That is, each team must identify a problem in the world (whether local, national, or global) and address it in some tangible way.
In completing this project, students will learn how to...
Finally, each team is highly encouraged to apply for up to $750 in grant funds through UB's Experiential Learning Network. While not required, such funds may prove extremely helpful for a team to complete its project.
Each team of students is responsible for submitting a 10-page final report and conducting a 15-20 minute group presentation.
|Length of commitment||One semester|
|Start time||Spring 2022|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid? ||In-person|
|Level of collaboration||Large group project (4+ students) |
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
David Emmanuel Gray
Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: (716) 645-0164
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.
In order to prepare for this project, each team of students must first do the following: