EDT 616: Principles of Sustainability
Synonym:69047 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Tue 7/6 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Wed 7/7 - 7/10 (8:00AM-4:59PM)
Competency Area: Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations of Education
Required of and restricted to students in the Educating for Sustainability 2010 cluster through May 31; open to other students on June 1.
This course will cover the foundational scientific principles that govern all sustainable systems. It will focus on three scientific laws: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and the law of self-organization which results in complex, integrated, highly efficient, stable systems. These laws will be examined at various spatial and temporal scales in biological and ecological systems to show how they function in the world around us. We will then apply them to the examination of human systems - organizational, social, economic, and political as well as intentionally designed systems. Students will learn how to evaluate, from a foundational perspective, why practices or policies will either support or thwart sustainability in any system.