February 3, 2016

“Sustainable Consumption and Production”, Clark University (since 2009 tbd)

  • Lecturer: Halina Brown
  • Program: graduate seminar in Environmental Science and Policy program and MBA; also some students from International Development or Community Development and Planning
  • Duration: one semester, 14 weeks, 3 hours / week; Class size: 15
  • Focus: “understand the complex drivers of consumer society, the role of technology, culture, institutions and politics; envision a society with les consumption; how to get there and roles of different agents”
  • Theories: cross-disciplinary perspectives that include technology, institutions and culture towards ‘sustainable shifts’.
  • Approach: lecture; guest speakers; group presentations and discussions.
  • Novel approach: assigning questions to groups of students who then prepare discussion papers, to debate in class; privileges teamwork; course includes a glossary of terms
  • Student evaluation: Homework (25%); Midterm (25%); Class attendance and participation (25%); Final paper (30%)
  • Course evaluation: generally well received; the course ‘opens their minds’ towards thinking of sustainability in new ways
  • Reading list: available. Focuses on different aspects of the IPAT formula; quite comprehensive. Also proposes a glossary of terms.

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