17.181 | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy
Course Description
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 …

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.

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In the midst of a crowd, a young woman holds a sign with the words: System Change. Not Climate Change.
The People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014. Climate change is one of the topics explored in this course. (Image courtesy of Joe Brusky on flickr. License CC BY-NC.)