HONR 218J

This course takes an integrative and multi-disciplinary approach to developing critical awareness and understanding of the contested meanings, ideas, and practices of sustainability and development at the individual, local, national and global levels. In exploring a variety of issues, the course will attempt to respond to some critical questions including: How have the political, economic, cultural, racial, gendered, and knowledge structures shaped the issues and problems facing individuals, groups and societies, as well as the policy goals of governments? Do problems, priorities, ethics, and responsibility in developing sustainable societies appear differently when viewed from a variety of perspectives? Why do you matter to the globe’s future and how can you make a difference? Students will connect key concepts to real-world challenges, develop critical problem-solving skills, and will be encouraged to reflect on their own thinking and actions, and offer recommendations towards a sustainability strategy plan for the future.