Visions of Sustainable Communities
Description: This course provides an introduction into critical
conversations about social transformation toward sustainable communities,
largely in the North American context.
It examines dominant philosophical, social and economic worldviews and
paradigms, and explores alternatives that might better support flourishing
human communities and ecosystems. Core
concepts in sustainable communities will be examined, and students will critically
study forces and factors that prevent the practical formation of sustainable
Elements and Contexts of Sustainable Communities
Course Description: This course
broadens and deepens the critical dialogue about sustainable communities,
examining the economic, global, and technological contexts. Students will study
the role of systemic factors, in particular the relationship between the local
and the global, which help to maintain or undermine good and sustainable
communities. The course will focus on globalization, sustainable economics,
social interdependence, and the diverse forms of self-representations within communities.
Course Description: This course explores multiple theories and practices of social
transformation. Embracing the core principles of the SUS program, it focuses on
multiple ways to achieving positive change, pushing students to critically
analyze different perspectives. These
include, but are not limited to, engaged pedagogy, community organizing,
democratic practice, and social movements. The aim is to cultivate critical
inquiry, expansive imagination, self-exploration, community building, and multiple
practical organizing modes for initiating transformations in response to the
challenges of our time.
SUS 604: The Craft of Inquiry
Description: This course will introduce
basic inquiry methodologies for doing interdisciplinary research. Students will
learn how to identify key concepts for developing research questions and will
be exposed to multiple ways of collecting information to answer their research
question. The goal is teach students the logic of inquiry so that they can
collect and analyze information.
SUS 695: Achieving Sustainable Communities
Description: This course focuses on
successful strategies for achieving sustainable communities. It highlights
successful sustainability initiatives (locally and globally), and features both
current and past SUS students’ efforts to create change through their capstone
projects – and beyond. The course also exposes students to sustainable
community networks beyond the university and explores the diverse strategies
for continuing to foster sustainable communities following graduation.