ENVI 297
Global Sustainable Development Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 287
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In 2015, the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious multi-pronged effort to eliminate poverty, improve health outcomes, advance clean energy, address the effects of climate change, and support more equitable forms of life on earth. This course explores the historical antecedents and contemporary manifestations of global sustainable development, a constellation of ideas and a set of policy imperatives. This course will ask: what is sustainability and how did it emerge as a key paradigm in the present? Relatedly, how have different organizations and actors worked to address entrenched global challenges? Students will engage a range of materials, including policy documents from the United Nations, World Bank, and international non-governmental organizations. Students will also explore critical scholarship on the possibilities and limitations of global development. Together we will grapple with ways to build more sustainable futures.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1766
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class discussions; 2 Policy Analysis Papers (4-6 pages each); Class presentations; Final Take-Home exam (8-10 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Envi majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 297 Division II GBST 287 Division II
DPE Notes: This class considers topics of global inequality, including the impacts of colonialism, uneven development, extractive capitalism, gender-based discrimination/violence, and racial/ethnic environmental disparities. Students are invited to reconsider stereotypes about the "developing world" through a deep engagement with history and policy-making.
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
EVST Social Science/Policy

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