Local Governance, Citizen Engagement and Sustainability
People make decisions that influence the ways the world changes and the ways in which it stays the same. This course is about people—the actors—and their actions. We will focus on how the actions of people in natural and built environments affect the natural world. We will explore the roles and actions of individuals as consumers, activists, and members of families and societies.
We will also explore the roles of groups of people who are employed by government departments, regulatory bodies, legal systems, corporations, non-governmental organizations and those who voluntarily participate in sustainability efforts as members of local, community, and special-interest groups. The course uses a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach to help us to think critically as we explore the connections between people, their actions, and the complex issues associated with environmental and social sustainability.