Global Studies (GLST) 650

Sustainability in an Age of Global Change (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAIS 601 and MAIS 602, and permission of the Instructor. Contact MAIS Office for registration information

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

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While the topic of sustainability has been around for some time, I am inviting you to partner with me 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. At the outset, I am interested in knowing your interest and experience in the field and any topics that you would like to research. We will read some key texts together and collaborate to develop novel pathways through the field.

Course Materials


Assadourian, Erik and Tom Prugh. (2013). State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? Worldwatch Institute. Washington: Island Press.

Blewitt, John. (2015). Understanding Sustainable Development. 2nd Edition. New York: Earthscan from Routledge.

Grober, Ulrich. (2012). Sustainability: A Cultural History. Totnes, Devon: Green Books.

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

Bollier, David. (2014). Think Like A Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons. Gabriola Island: New Society Press.

Johnson, Josee, Mike Gismondi and James Goodman. Eds. (2006) Nature’s Revenge: Reclaiming Sustainability in an Age of Corporate Globalization. Broadview and Garamond Press 2006.

Loftus, Alex. (2012). Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.

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 2, August 26, 2015.

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