Readings and Class Discussion on Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Students are asked to read book chapters and/or journal articles about the efforts of international intergovernmental organizations to promote sustainability and sustainable development. The readings are completed prior to the class meeting during which they are discussed. The discussion of the readings will focus on applying the theoretical approaches to the study of international organizations to the study of organizations promoting sustainability.
Context for Use
By the time this activity takes place, students will have read theoretical articles about international organizations and their role in global governance. Some of the key questions discussed include: What is the contribution of international organizations to global governance? Are international organizations effective? Under what circumstances do they have impact? What is the unique contribution of international organizations to the formation of global public policy? This activity is designed to apply these questions to the efforts and initiatives of international organizations in the area of sustainability and sustainable development. It will take place over two class meetings. One half to two thirds of each of these class meetings will be devoted to this activity.
Description and Teaching Materials
Thomas Weiss, David Forsythe and Roger Coate, The United Nations and Changing World Politics. Westview, 2004, chapters 8, 9, and 10
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Millennium Development Goals: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
United Nations Development Programme: http://www.undp.org/
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/index.html