11.366J / 1.817J Planning for Sustainable Development

Spring 2006

Deforestation in the Amazon as seen from satellite.
A land-use image of Rondonia, in the Amazon Rainforest, showing the clearing of forests over time. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features guest lectures in the readings section, and examples of student projects from past years in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course explores policy and planning for sustainable development. It critically examines concept of sustainability as a process of social, organizational, and political development drawing on cases from the U.S. and Europe. It also explores pathways to sustainability through debates on ecological modernization; sustainable technology development, international and intergenerational fairness, and democratic governance.
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Prof. David Laws
Prof. Martin Rein

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session