University of Vermont

NR 306 Envisioning a Sustainable Future

Welcome to NR 306 in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Fall 2014

Instructors: Allan Strong and Deane Wang

Discussion Times: generally 4:30-6:30 pm on Wednesdays includes 2-day retreat/field trip prior to the start of the semester.

Credits: 2

Envisioning a Sustainable Future is a hybrid course designed to provide graduate students with an opportunity to build a dynamic learning community, understand basic frameworks for systems thinking, and explore issues of sustainability in the context of social-ecological systems and the dimensions of social equity, ecological integrity, and economic vitality (AKA people, planet, prosperity). These goals are met through using an engaging, experiential learning environment in a place-based educational format with follow-up using hybrid/online support.

Course Description
Using a hybrid course approach that combines place-based learning with online consideration of ideas and face-to-face (F2F) discussion, this course will combine analysis, synthesis, and personal reflection to engage with the complex and ambiguous concept of sustainability. Frameworks for grappling with sustainability, whole systems thinking, social-ecological systems, and issues of social justice/equity will be introduced and applied to projects, places, and people that we visit with. The final class experience will involve a local social-ecological system (SES) analysis that requires us to more fully understand and engage with sustainability.

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