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DAFF 2960A - Sustainable Development Pathways: Multiple Scales, Multiple Actors

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE IS TO GIVE STUDENTS AN UNDERSTANDING OF CURRENT CHALLENGES, SYSTEMIC RISKS, AND PATHWAYS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT DIFFERENT SPATIAL AND JURISDICTIONAL SCALES. CASE STUDIES FROM VARIOUS REGIONS WILL BE USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE MORE THEORETICAL PARTS OF THE COURSE. THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS. FIRSTLY, WE WILL EXAMINE THE MAIN CHALLENGES FACED IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AS FRAMED BY THE RECENTLY ADOPTED UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. SECONDLY WE WILL EXPLORE THE DIFFERENT WAYS AND MULTIPLE SCALES OF NAVIGATING CHANGE. THIRDLY, WE DISCUSS THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COMMONS IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS AND LOOK AT CONCRETE EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FROM DIFFERENT ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES. Session 1: Introduction: Setting the scene: “Planetary Boundaries “show us the limits of human expansion, Climate change exacerbates existing unsustainable pressures on vulnerable systems. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide us with a universally agreed governance framework and the Anthropocene makes us stewards of the Biosphere. How does that affect the governance of sustainability? Facing the challenges Session 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. Session 3: Sustainable Cities and communities: “smart cities”: the future of informal settlements, urban rural linkages. Session 4: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources Session 5: Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems Navigating change Session 6: “Accepting risk”: resilience building vs wall building. Mitigating the impact of natural disasters and climate change with a focus on the most vulnerable. Session 7: “Seeing and valuing the unrecognized”: Wetlands ecosystems and nomads on drylands Session 8: The “Urban Biosphere “: reconnecting urban citizenry to social and ecological systems: revisiting our idea of what is urban.”: Institutions for Managing the Commons Session 9: Justice, mediation, conflict resolution: a Rights based approach to resources management: why is Gender equality at the heart of sustainable development, equity for climate justice. Session 10: The knowledge commons: Education for Sustainable Development: Education For All, Education under Attack. Session 11: The information commons: Fighting back in a “post truth “era, resisting propaganda : the vital importance of free and quality media for community empowerment in resources management. Session 12: Green economy, circular economy, zero growth.

Teachers

ALFSEN, Christine (Former senior advisor - United Nations)

Pedagogical format

EVALUATION WILL BE BASED ON STUDENTS' IN CLASS PRESENTATIONS (ONE IN THE SEMESTER), ORAL PARTICIPATION (WITH A PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO STUDENTS' ABILITY TO MOBILIZE KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED IN THE WEEKLY COMPULSORY READING LIST), AND A FINAL ESSAY. READING SEVERAL SCHOLARLY ARTICLES AND/OR ONE FULL BOOK WILL ALSO BE ENCOURAGED DURING THE SEMESTER AND STUDENTS WILL BE LEFT WITH THE POSSIBILITY TO SUBMIT A 2 PAGES BOOK REVIEW, COUNTING AS BONUS POINTS. GUEST SPEAKERS WILL BE INVITED

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass: 1 oral presentation + 1 written essay.

Required reading

  • Sustainable Development Goals http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
  • Rockström, J., W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin, III, E. F. Lambin, T. M.
  • Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H. J. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C. A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S.
  • van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P. K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M.
  • Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, B. Walker, D. Liverman, K.