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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-350
Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including human geography, politics of population, international environmental politics, health in the developing world, and health communication. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-250.

SISU-350
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3)

Sustainable Cities

For the first time in world history, the number of people living in urban areas exceeds the number of people living in rural areas. In acknowledging the urgent demands of our urban present and future, this course examines the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of contemporary cities. Because projections show that most population growth will continue to take place in and around cities, this course makes the case for sustainable development as a way to mitigate the impacts of human growth. The course explores what is, and what could be, by discussing these themes: urban sprawl, slums and slum typology, green urban planning, air and water quality, new paradigms for energy/water/waste infrastructure, green building, sustainable materials, and whole systems design. The class considers how to measure sustainability and discusses the effectiveness of sustainability indicator and examines governance structures, social entrepreneurship, and the power of information technology and social networks in promoting sustainable development and the diffusion of ideas. The transformative role of art and culture in our sustainable urban future is also highlighted.

SISU-350
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3)

Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture

This course examines political, cultural, and technological connections to environment and development. It provides students with an introduction to political ecology and its approach to global food studies. Students use political ecology and social theory paradigms to examine industrial and alternative food networks, including their impacts on the environment, communities, and rural development. Students also examine how food policy and the global food trading system shape these networks and local environments, communities, and development practices.

SISU-350
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3)

Globalization and Social Change

Greater integration of places through transnational production and consumption networks threatens the integrity of local cultures, economies, and ecologies. Economic globalization is faulted for a range of social and environmental ills, ranging from garment sweatshops, to sex tourism, to destruction of the Amazon rainforest. At the same time, however, greater global connectivity is bringing together disparate groups across borders and social boundaries to resist the totalizing, homogenizing, and expansionary impulses of the contemporary political-economy, and envision a new world where justice, cooperation, and sufficiency are the guiding principles. This course examines the social and environmental impacts of global commodity chains, and the corresponding emergence of powerful new social movements that seek to contain the worst excesses of globalization while harnessing its potential for positive change. The course looks at cases such as the gendered politics of agrarian reform in Brazil, expansion of oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia and social movement responses, and the Degrowth movement's call for consuming less and sharing more.