MNN 508: Introduction to Sustainability

Synonym:

86359 (for web registration)

Section:

AH

Faculty:

Richard Grogan

Credits:

3

Seats:

20

Semester:

Fall 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 8/25 - 8/26 (8:30AM-5:29PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Natural Systems

This survey course focuses on understanding the theoretical foundation of sustainability with a focus on complex ecological systems as essential to the origins of the concept. Beyond systems, students’ will explore the history of sustainability, and its emergence as a contested concept, which helps to explain its multiple interpretations across different individuals and organizations. Upon gaining the theoretical and historical perspective, students’ will explore how sustainability is applied in organizations through the lens of organizational sustainability. students’ complete assignments designed to help them to understand the challenges and myriad interpretations of sustainability in a variety of organizations, as they begin to develop their own interpretations of sustainability. There is an online component to this course in addition to the in-class dates shown.