Global Studies (GLST) 650
Sustainability in an Age of Global Change (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study
Prior to registering in GLST 650, students must contact Dr. Mike Gismondi, Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Global Studies (2020) and long-time MAIS professor of interdisciplinary research to indicate their interest and experience in the field and key topics that they would like to research.
While the topic of sustainability has been around for some time, Dr. Gismondi is inviting students to partner with him and other students in advancing the development of the emergent edges of the field, and to do so in a multi-disciplinary and ‘integrated’ manner.
The course will introduce foundational approaches to the theory and practice of sustainability as well as new critical approaches to the question in the 21st Century. There is no one response to the challenging goal of transition to sustainability. Your own experience, reading, thinking, and writing will be crucial to advancing our collective grasp of sustainability as idea, transformative practice and way of life.
This is a guided reading course. We will read some key texts together and collaborate to develop novel pathways through the field and explore creative assignments that systems change.
Assadourian, Erik. (2017). EarthED: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. The Worldwatch Institute.
Blewitt, John. (2017). Understanding Sustainable Development. 3rd Edition. Routledge.
Gough, Ian. (2017) Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Development. Edward Elgar.
Klein, Naomi. (2014). This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs the Climate. Knopf Canada.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. (2014). The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
Ebooks available from AU Ebrary
Castree, N., Hulme, M., & Proctor, J. D. (Eds.). (2018). Companion to Environmental Studies.
You are expected to access the companion to explore keyword definitions and concepts, to supplement your weekly reading, or elaborate on assignments and paper topics. Treat it like an assigned textbook.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, April, 2020.
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