ENVS 3 Environment and Society: Towards Sustainability?
What does a sustainable relationship between humans and the environment look like? The co-evolution of society and the environment involves complex and dynamic interactions whose consequences are hard (or impossible) to predict because causes and effects are often far apart in time and space. This course examines interactions between environmental and social processes from the perspective of sustainability. This course explores: the historical roots of unsustainability and the underlying mental models contributing to this state of affairs; the idea that resilience is the key to a sustainable relationship between society and environment; how institutions and power dynamics influence sustainability; and possible actions to facilitate transitions to sustainability founded on mindfulness of paradigms and ethics.
Distributive and/or World Culture
Offered16F, 17F: 12