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Cultures of Sustainability and Social Justice, ANTH 110I

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Brings together diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice. Investigates multiple theories of sustainable development as well as tools, techniques, and contexts for ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world highlighting the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates in tandem with UC faculty.

Key Information

Fall Quarter 2017
Instruction start date: September 28, 2017
Instruction end date: December 9, 2017
Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Anthropology

Course Credit:

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-E
Major Requirement: Satisfies upper division requirement for Anthropology majors and some other Social Science majors.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Major Requirement: upper division elective credit for Anthropology Major

UC Los Angeles:
Major Preparation: no GE credit but okay for UD elective units

UC Merced:
Units toward Degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
Course Equivalence: UCR ANTH 132 - Cultural Ecology

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle Social Science; TMC 1 course toward upper division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; Warren - May be used depending on major/PofC, Transfer students may use for UD noncontiguous GE depending on major

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

Course Meeting Requirements

There will be two video conferences during the quarter in which students may directly collaborate with Laureates and the class cohort. We will utilize an innovative video conference technology and a dialogue process (The World Cafe) that allows our group to gather as both as a whole group, and in small group breakouts.

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10% - Completion of Online Materials and Quizzes. There are 10 sets of videos on the course website. Completing each set on time, and the associated comprehension quiz, earns the student 1 point toward their overall grade. If a student misses two sets they will go down a full letter grade. If a student completes a set more than 7 days after it was due they will earn a ½ point for that set. 

20% - Reading and Film Response Papers. Students are invited to write weekly response papers. These will be given as homework at the end of each video set and turned in electronically the following week. There are 10 in total. Response papers should be at least 1 page (11 point Times font, 1½ spaced) in length to receive full credit (2 points). A late response paper is only worth 1 point, however, students will not receive any credit for a journal entry if it arrives more than 1 week (7 days) after it was assigned.

10% -   Participation in Video Conference Calls. There will be two video conference calls throughout the quarter.  We will utilize an innovative conference call technology which allows our large group to not only gather for keynote talks, but also small group breakouts. These breakouts promote greater student interactivity, providing an opportunity for dialogue and critical reflection on the course themes.  Each call earns the student 5 points. 

10% - Collaborative Online Database.  Our cohort will create a collaborative online database whose goal is to document connections between Right Livelihood Award Laureates and campus faculty, researchers, graduates students, Centers, and community organizations. This project allows students to showcase the work that is happening at their own campus and community while contributing to a product that ultimately may be used to support collaborative research between UC and Right Livelihood Award affiliates. Each student is expected to create a minimum of 5 entries for 2 points each (10 points total). 

25% - Midterm Exam. 

25% - Final Exam.

Course Creator

David Shaw
David Shaw
David Shaw

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David Shaw

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