This graduate elective within the MPA program focuses on policies and theories relating to sustainable development. Although many definitions of sustainable development may be found, sustainable development may be generally described as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Bruntland Commission, 1987)”. To study sustainable development, one must consider the social, political, environmental, and economic needs that involve decision making. Understanding these objectives, in both a broad and individualistic sense, raises a number of difficult challenges and questions that policy makers and public administrators must face.
This course will examine broad topics while defining and understanding pertinent issues for practitioners of public administration to consider. The curriculum is designed for individuals currently working in or pursuing careers in the public sector, or NGO’s, that seek to better understand how organizations may better embrace a culture of sustainability. The course will explore sustainable development through an in-depth look at the social, political, environmental and economic components of this area of study.
Meeting Dates: Three Weekend Format
June 6/7, June 20/21, June 27/28 2014
Fridays 5:30-9:50pm; Saturdays 8:00-5:30pm
Note: The first and third weekend are traditional in-class sessions, the second weekend (June 20/21) will be conducted online.