About the course
What are the challenges facing humanity today and in the future? How can we create and rediscover sustainable ways of living on this planet?
With accelerating trends such as climate change, water scarcity, energy depletion, social injustice, economic crisis, resource wars and other challenges, there is a growing need for sustainable alternatives. This course connects guest lectures that describe the severity of the challenges and workshops that discuss the possible sustainable responses and solutions to those challenges within the context of a specific global city or region. Students will have the opportunity to link global challenges to their own local and cultural backgrounds.
Welcome! Here you will find the latest information related to the course ‘Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures 2018’. Please keep checking this course portal for the latest updates, and if you have any question, contact the Course Coordinators, Laila Mendy and Sachiko Ishihara , at email@example.com.
Schedule & Course Info
- Welcome Letter
- Schedule (Updated Oct17)
- Course Information Booklet
- Language and Writing Support
- Support Services for all students and Special Pedagogical Support
- Reference Style Guidelines – Harvard Anglia Ruskin University
Read before coming to class each week
- Sep 4: Introduction & Roll Call: What are (our) Sustainable Futures?
- Sep 11: The Systems of Global Challenges: Sustainable Development and Planetary Boundaries
- Sep 18: How we make sense of the world
- Sep 25: Workshop 1- Collapse of the Western Civilisation
- Sep 27*: Film screening- Economics (Student-led Session)
- Oct 2: Climate Change and the Future of Energy
- Oct 9: Eating the Planet- The structures of Foods
- Oct 11*: Quiz- Health (Student-led Session)
- Oct 16: Power, Inequality and Justice
- Oct 23: Workshop 2- After Our 30 Days
- Oct 30: War, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development
- Nov 1*: Film Screening- Human Rights
- Nov 6: Participation and Corruption in the Democratic Regime
- Nov 13: Workshop 3- Critical reflections and backcasting
- Nov 20: Technology-The “Solution” to all our global challenges?
- Nov 27: Biodiversity and the Degradation of the Natural World
- Dec 4: Missing Perspectives session + Peer review guidelines
- Dec 11: Workshop 4- Back to the futures we want
- Dec 18: Final Session- Starting Our Sustainable Futures
- Overview of Assignment Deadlines
- Instructions – 30 Day Challenge (new deadline)
- Student-led Sessions (SLS)
- Back to the Futures We Want
- Make Up Tasks: Regular Sessions Sept 4 – Oct 9
- Make Up Task for Workshop 1(Sep26)_ Collapse of the Western Civilization