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This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of sustainable development.

It focuses on the sustainability problems of industrial countries, and of developing states and economies in transition. It also explores the sociology of knowledge regarding sustainability, the economic and technological dimensions, and institutional imperatives, along with implications for political constitution of economic performance.

17.181 fulfills the undergraduate public policy requirement in the Political Science major and minor. Graduate students are expected to explore the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction-Debates, Definitions & Dilemmas Unlimited
  • Evolving Concepts: Growth vs. Sustainability Unlimited
  • Sustainability as a Knowledge Domain Unlimited
  • Cyberspace & Sustainability Unlimited
  • Critical Drivers-Social Mechanisms & Cognitive Factors Unlimited
  • Global System for Sustainable Development Unlimited
  • Economic Performance-Production & Consumption Unlimited
  • Technology, Firms Markets-Corporate Perspectives Unlimited
  • Climate Change & Sustainable Development Unlimited

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