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Spring 2013
Apr 19,2014
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SUST 600 - IS: SUSTAINABILITY

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 605 - FOUNDATIONS: SUSTAINABILITY THEORY
This course is aimed at imparting a broad and deep knowledge about the discourses of sustainability, as they pertain to the theory and practice of dealing holistically with social, ecological and economic systems, under the conditions described above, and with a particular concern for the well-being of present and future generations. We will review key texts, and seminal works that shape the current state-or-the-art in sustainability discourse, and we will learn to apply this discourse to the practice of 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 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: (a) geological resources; (b) water, pollutants and waste management; (c) energy and climate change; (d) applied ecology. Most weeks, the class is divided into three segments: (1) lecture about critical principles; (2) student presentations about case studies from the tri-state region; (3) seminar-style discussion about readings from the primary literature. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on how to extract useful lessons from case studies of environmental sustainability and degradation at local, regional and worldwide scales.
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 is about dealing with complex systems, and a systems approach to complexity requires a special view of reality. This course is structured into three modules which deal with both the methods of research required for the study of sustainability and for the practices useful in the implementation of sustainability. Modules One and Two deal with qualitative and quantitative research methods, respectively. The idea here is to give you a working knowledge of the approaches to research that may be useful to you in the development of your Capstone Project. Module Three is focused on the practices of implementation, but with the idea that, in the case of complex systems, the best way of learning is by doing. Here we will look at tools and techniques that may help us to make sense of complexity, and that enable us to grab ahold of the world we care about, and to move it this way or that. Students will emerge from the course with the working draft of a research proposal that can then be developed, over the following semesters, into their Capstone Project.
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 650 - SUMMER PRACTICUM
The summer Practicum acts as a fulcrum, pivoting the program from its First-Year focus on theory to its Second-Year emphasis on practice. Students will be guided into internships or fieldwork opportunities that will help them develop their understanding of how sustainability is implemented, in ways which help prime their thinking about their own second-year Capstone experience. This course takes the form of supervised fieldwork, and must serve to underscore the criteria of the triple bottom line, in that the activity engaged in must simultaneously consider ecological, social, and economic variables. The (typically) four-week internship will be book-ended by one week of reading-intensive preparation and one week of writing-intensive reflection. Each Practicum must entail a minimum of 150 formal work hours, supervised by MASS faculty, or by pre-approved faculty from within the Ramapo College community, or, in special cases, by guest faculty drawn from the broader MASS social network. The course will meet on a weekly basis, apart from the actual internship or fieldwork experience, so as to ensure adequate on-going feedback and guidance by faculty. Digital conferencing will be used in cases where students are working abroad or are otherwise away from Ramapo. Students will prepare and maintain a Field Journal, to track their progress through the experience, and completion of the Practicum will be marked by the preparation of a reflective de-briefing report which lays out the experience and the learning embodied by the internship or fieldwork.
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 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

SUST 720 - CAPSTONE PROJECT
This will be the culmination of the Second Year experience, building on the work done throughout the two-years of the program. Working closely with program faculty, participants will develop their final project, and gain experience in making professional presentations to jury panels.
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

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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