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Spring 2012
Apr 19,2014
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SUST 670 - EXPERT PRACTITIONER SEMINAR
The purpose of this course is to set up models and metaphors for the practice of sustainability. By examining what sustainability practitioners actually do, and how they got to be where they are, students will gain first-hand insight into the pragmatic world within which such practices are negotiated. Some key themes that may emerge and be opened for exploration might deal with the sociology of practice, the significance of relationships, the ability to transcend the material world and grasp its formative processes and functions, the importance of goal-directed but adaptationist thinking, and an appreciation of the ways in whch the sustainability world actually works. This course will be broken up into three-week modules, with each module anchored by a visiting expert sustainability practitioner. Typically, the first week will entail intensive research in preparation for the visiting expert. The second week will take the form of a workshop focused on the visitor's work. And the third week will entail assimilation and reflection. Participants will emerge with a clear understanding of the practical dimensions of sustainability implementation, and a nuanced appreciation for the institutional frameworks within which sustainability practitioners typically operate. Students will be able to articulate key lessons learned from diverse sets of experiences to which they will be exposed. And they will be able to explain some of the key variables that determine success and failure in the world of sustainability practice.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Programs:     
      NMG-Non-Degree-SUST
      MA-Sustainability
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Graduate

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