Sustainability Politics and Policy - Certificate
PLEASE NOTE: Effective March 2018, no new students are being admitted to this program.
The Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program administered by the Department of Political Science. The Certificate gives current graduate students, alumni and others in the community training and analysis on issues connecting environmental and social sustainability, politics and policy making initiatives. Courses include seminars in political science and electives in natural resource management, sustainability, economics, and other fields. Sustainability professionals increasingly find valuable careers in the public sector, in non-profit organizations and in the private sector. Coursework includes theoretical perspectives and applied skills to address sustainability issues at the local, national, and global levels.
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The course requirements focus the debates, in both the global North and the global South, on exactly what sustainability politics should (and/or should not) include. The goal is to connect global sustainability policy debates to those occurring at the local and national levels in New England, the United States and other countries.
This certificate program requires 13 total credits.
Core Courses (7 credits)
|POLT||995/996||Independent Study “Defining and Debating Sustainability”
The independent study will include a core list of readings on sustainability concepts and cases in wealthier and poorer societies–and methodological debates about how these concepts may be measured and assessed.
|POLT||851||Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy||3|
|POLT||880||International Environmental Politics||3|
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Choose any two of the courses listed below.
Students will be advised by the certificate program director and other participating faculty members about which electives might be most appropriate and consistent with their interests and career goals. The list of approved electives affords students opportunities to focus on particular areas of environmental or social policy, or to seek to acquire additional methodological skills and disciplinary approaches in areas such as policy analysis or economics.
- Political Science (POLT):
- Development Policy and Practice (DPP):
- 904 - Environmental Sustainability and Development
- 907 - Sustainable Engineering for Development Practice
- 952 - Balancing Resource Management, Land Use, and Development
- 954 - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
- 957 – Negotiation Strategies - Offered in the Spring
- Economics (ECON):
- Environmental Education (ENED):
- History (HIST):
- 818 - American Environmental History
- 866 – Environmental History of Northwest Atlantic Commercial Fisheries - Offered in the Spring
- Natural Resources (NR):
- 801 - Ecological Sustainability and Values
- 818 - Law of Natural Resources and Environment
- 820 - International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century
- 824 - Resolving Environmental Conflicts
- 838 - Wildlife Policy and Management
- 884 - Sustainable Living
- 885 - Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living
- Public Health (PHP):
- Sociology (SOC):