Online Course

Global Issues and the UN SDGs

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FA) is partnering with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) to deliver a truly unique global learning experience as part of the Decade of Youth Action (DYA) initiative.

Includes complimentary
access to 3-day conference

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About the course

Suitable for both advanced high school learners and university students, this highly interactive on-line course will be delivered using an asynchronous (any time, any place) learning management system supplemented with synchronous (live) meetings between students, instructors, and special guest speakers.

Participants will register for Global Issues (UNIV 2002) as part-time visiting students at FDU and, upon successful completion of the course, will earn three academic credits, which can be applied toward a degree program at FDU or transferred to most universities in the U.S.A. and many others around the world.

Course Description

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Global Issues (UNIV 2002) equips students to investigate, analyze, and address some of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st Century. Students develop essential aspects of critical thinking and apply those skills in evaluating perplexing sustainability issues in the context of complex international systems. Not only does this course demonstrate the global dimensions of crucial contemporary issues, it also develops the relational thinking that students should be prepared to exercise in other academic contexts and throughout the rest of their personal and professional lives.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course students will:

  • Develop essential aspects of critical thinking and apply those skills to complex global systems.
  • Understand contemporary global challenges, such as climate change, health pandemics, poverty, etc., in the context of the U.N. Sustainable development goals
  • Recognize how choices made by individuals are inextricably connected with global systems.
  • Analyze important current global issues from multiple viewpoints, with an understanding of the inter-connectedness of political, economic, environmental, and social systems.
  • Work with a small team to create and share a unique capstone project related to one or more of the SDGs

Big Ideas for the SDGs 

Participating students will work in teams to develop and disseminate a unique SDG Big Idea project. Each group will select one of the SDGs and through a process of inquiry (e.g., reading, asking questions, sharing perspectives, and engaging in discussion) will agree upon a Big Idea related to their selected goal. TED-Ed New York will be joining us during the two-week program, supporting students as they discover, explore and present their SDG Big Ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. Recognizing the importance of student voice and the value of students learning from students, our course instructor and course mentors will help establish a learning environment where students understand all ideas are welcome and all perspectives heard.

About the Instructor

Mr. Larry Goodin, a certified youth leadership coach, currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he teaches Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Global Issues and Preparing for Professional Life. Mr. Goodin uses innovative tools such as project based learning, Flipgrid technology and think-tank problem solving to keep students engaged during his classes. He is an Educational Consultant with the New York City Department of Education where he oversees PS399 TED Ed Student Talks and the highly-regarded NY State Barack Obama My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Mr. Goodin has facilitated youth leadership trainings in Shanghai China, South Africa and Nairobi Kenya. His areas of focus: 7 habits of highly effective teens, growth mindset, how to set 21st century smart goals, the art of vision boarding, and innovative thinking skills.

Mr. Goodin is a graduate of Alcorn State University, Rutgers Business School of Executive Education Mini-MBA Program, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Professional Education Global Think Tank Certificate Program. 

How to participate

    • Participants must be at least 16 years old
    • Proficiency in English (Intermediate Level)
    • Students in all areas of study
    • July 7, 2020 – July 27, 2020 July 29, 2020 (Extended) – Application and registration period
    • August 10-24, 2020 – Global Issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Online Course (2-weeks)
    • Interested applicants can start the process by requesting to register for the online course. The form can be found at the bottom of this page.
    • Once you have submitted a request, you will receive an email containing a link to FDU’s student application form, which you will need to fill out to continue your registration for the course.
    • For this part of the process, please follow the steps below:
      • You will be asked to create an account to start an application. Please choose the International Undergraduate Application, then “Online only – no visa” and choose “Summer 2020”. In the list of majors drop-down menu, choose the FAF program option.
      • Important: You do not need to pay the $50 application fee to submit your application. Once you have reached the payment gateway, your application will be saved.
      • Once you have completed the application, please inform Victor Izquierdo at
    • Once your application has been reviewed by FDU, you will receive a notice confirming the status of your application and the next steps to finalize your course registration.
    • Accepted applicants will need to pay the course fee as well as submit other necessary documents (e.g. international application/transcript request forms) to complete course registration.
    • Please note that your request to register may be considered VOID in the event of application rejection by FDU or inability to verify payment of fees through the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.
    • Student applicants will be registered as part-time visiting students at FDU. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will earn three academic credits, which can be applied toward a degree program at FDU or transferred to most universities in the U.S.A. and many others around the world.
  • FDU’s Global Issues and the UN Sustainable Development Online Course (UNIV 2002) – $960 USD

    Course Dates: August 10-24, 2020


    • Two-week online course provided by Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • 3-day complimentary access to the 26th Youth Assembly Virtual platform from August 7–9, 2020
    • Extended access to our community platform – archived webcasts, discussion forums, messages, and resources within the platform – until August 31st
  • Credit Card: We accept American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards as forms of payment. 


Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is a private institution of higher education accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized by the State of New Jersey.  In addition to its two residential campuses in the United States, FDU operates international campuses in Vancouver (Canada) and Oxfordshire (England), and has offered programs in several Chinese cities, most notably Chengdu, since 2011.

FDU has been associated with the United Nations since its inception in 1945 when FDU President and Founder Peter Sammartino attended the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco. Early on in the institution’s development, regular student visits to the United Nations HQ, in New York City, become part of the institution’s emphasis on “dynamic citizenship” and preparation for active participation in community and cultural affairs.

Today, FDU maintains active relationships with the United Nations through the Department of Global Communication, the UN Academic Impact, the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the UN World Tourism Organization, the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO), and numerous other offices, programs, and diplomatic missions. Notably, FDU was the first university in the world to be granted Special Consultative Status by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).