Using United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we will build a holistic definition of sustainability. Each goal leads to action; each action has consequences that can be at direct odds with another goal. So there are many dilemmas that come with making decisions.
We will weigh human development and its environmental consequences, balance urban and rural growth. We will examine how resources are finite (the bane of everyone’s life!) and how policy makers and planners have to make choices that are hard and end up like a tightrope act. It’s not easy, it is not a clear-cut, black and white world. It is a world full of grays but I think we can see that it is still a world worth fighting for with a future that can at least be positive.
This will be a thought-provoking class with a lot of thought-experiments. I want students to take away the notions of complexity, gray areas, compromise, and ultimately have a broader outlook of the world and how to sustain it.
Notes for Parents:
- The structure of this course follows this plan: concept introduction, discussion, and debate.
- If you have questions about whether this course is right for your child, please contact the instructor, “Prof.” Aparna at Aparna.Varadharajan@gmail.com.
- Homework completion is expected. Expect 1-1.5 hours of homework that includes reading and research with one poster project to be presented during Week 7’s webinar.