11.366J / 1.817J Planning for Sustainable Development

As taught in: 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.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. David Laws

Prof. Martin Rein

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.