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Spring 2011
Apr 24,2014
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SUST 610 - FOUNDATIONS:NATURAL RESOURCES,PROCESSES & MANAGEMENT
This course presents a broad survey of the critical, foundational concepts related to natural resources and their sustainable management. As a team-taught course, topics are addressed within four thematic modules; (1) geological resources; (2) environmental chemistry; (3) energy and climate change; and (4) applied ecology. Each week, lectures are combined with seminar-style discussion of case study and textbook reading assignments. For each module, students write literature review in which they further explore topics and compare and contrast additional case studies.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 620 - FOUNDATIONS:ORGANIZATIONAL&SOCIAL PROCESSES
This foundation course for the second term in the MASS program is intended to present the transformation to a sustainable paradigm as a process of social change for which students will serve as leaders and change agents. The course focuses on the ability to understand the process of change and to affect it at the individual, group, organizational, community and societal levels. Participants will not only be exposed to the topics involved, but to social change strategies and skills that they will need to employ as leaders for sustainability.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 630 - METHODS & PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability does not occur in a vacuum. Its context is the myriad problems that exist at the meeting point of society, economy and environment. Identifying, addressing and monitoring these problems is essential for the achievement of sustainability. Over time, it involves constant course correction to keep these three realms in balance. Steering requires an ongoing flow of information, a way to analyze and understand it, a way to disseminate it and a way to act on it. This core course for the second term in the MASS program is intended to complement and run concurrently with the Organizational and Social Process course. Methods and Practices of Sustainability focuses on appropriate means for gathering information to support sustainable analysis and interventions and actions as well as how to use community information to build agreement and consensus. An emphasis on particpatory approaches to documentation, discourse, valuing and decision-making is given, informed by the national Environmental Policy Act, the public participation methodology beginning in the 1970s and participatory design methods. The focus in the companion course is on the community dynamics involved. Here the question is how participation is accurately and adequately informed.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 640 - ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY
How can the economy be harnessed to serve world sustainability? What makes this question so ironic is that the growth in the physical scale of the economy and its rapacious character under economic globalization has depleted resources, destroyed ecosystems, overwhelmed natural waste disposal sinks, waged war on subsistence cultures, and produced shocking maldistribution of wealth and income. How, then, can the economy be turned around to reinforce sustainable development rather than to destroy ecosystems, resource endowments, and indigenous cultures? This alchemy must be resolved to promote sustainability. The now familiar definition of sustainable development from the Brundtland Commission Report, World Commission on Environment and Development, defines sustainable development as: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." How adequate is this definition? Can the precept adequately define guidelines for policy prescription and ethical principles? Does it ensure justice? Will democracy be nurtured? What economic strategies can promote sustainability? Has the concept been distorted to serve narrow commercial interests? The Economics of Sustainability takes up the challenge of working out an ethical and strategic analysis upon which to base civic action, public policy, and normative legitimacy. The global economy, a robust engine of change, must generate world sustainability rather than amplify entropy or indulge corporate interests. This challenge must include but transcent notions of a green economy and must extend its principles globaly.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 721 - PROJECT CONTINUATION
Project Continuation is required for students who have not completed either SUST 710 Project Development or SUST 720 Sustainability Capstone Seminar in the allotted timeframe.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Administrative

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS


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