Global Sustainability

Jim Zaffiro
Political Science, Central College


An interdisciplinary overview of global sustainability politics, policies, issues, movements, ideas, challenges, and solutions, with emphasis on student awareness, understanding, and integration of diverse themes into personal understanding.

Course Size:

Course Format:
Lecture and lab

Institution Type:
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate

Course Context:

This is a political science course at the 2nd-year level but typically also draws heavily from students interested in environmental studies, global service, and international studies.

Course Features:

mandatory campus or community-based sustainability service learning component, with reflective journaling.

Course Philosophy:

The intent is to offer a wide variety of content, disciplinary perspectives, andpedagogies, with emphasis on integrative, transformative learning.


Exams, journals, short writings, discussions, group and individual presentations.


Global Sustainability (Microsoft Word 55kB Jun3 10)

References and Notes:

included on syllabus