Welcome to your new favorite class.

7-Week: "Critical Issues" Courses

For Fall 2017, we're hosting five different courses in our Critical Issues Series.

Instructors: optiMize Student Leaders


  • Education
  • Health
  • Sustainability
  • Detroit
  • Mental Health


  • 2 hours, once per week
  • Guest speakers every week
  • Collaborative project-based
  • Student facilitated

Duration: September-October 2017

Credit: 1 Credit

Who Can Enroll: Current University of Michigan students of all ages

Full-Semester: "Innovator's Toolkit"

Instructor: Professor Ken Ludwig

Topic: "What tools do I have in my toolbox and how can I use them to make an impact?" This is the central question of The Innovator's Toolkit. By the end of this course, you will have worked to implement an innovative approach to a complex social problem related to the topic of utopia.


  • 90 minutes, twice a week
  • Guest speakers & interactive lecture
  • Action-based breakouts
  • Collaborative project-based
  • Never boring!

Duration: September-December 2017

Credit: 3 Credits

Who Can Enroll: Current University of Michigan students of all ages

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Online: "Becoming A Social Innovator"

Instructors: Jeff Sorensen & Ken Ludwig

Topic: How do you turn an idea into impact? This course, led by optiMize founder Jeff Sorensen (2017 Forbes 30 Under 30), will help you to identify your passions, clarify your vision, and find opportunities to take immediate action. Each week, we'll add a new tool to your "innovator's toolkit" and you'll be personally introduced to social innovators and entrepreneurs from Jeff's network. By the end of the course, you'll have renewed direction, energy, and connections to live a life of positive impact.


  • Presented in partnership with UCLA
  • Weekly content releases
  • The most engaging online course in the history of online courses!

Duration: September-December 2017

Credit: Certificate from UCLA

Who Can Enroll: Anyone! Join us!