ANTH 110I: Cultures of Sustainability and Social Justice
Anthropology in the present offers exciting opportunities to study worlds in the making as well as postcolonial responses to the anthropocene. This online course brings together the diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice.
We will explore the imaginative and critical work of communities to achieve just sustainabilities through a coherent and thought provoking overview of social practices, politics, and moral principles in sustaining communities. The course will address approaches to: justice and equity in terms of recognition, process, procedure, and outcome; meeting the needs of both present and future generations (intra‑generational and inter‑generational equity); improving quality of life and well being; and, living within ecosystem limits. The course investigates multiple theories of sustainable development, and the tools and techniques and in what contexts we can move towards the ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social wellbeing characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world utilizing examples from Right Livelihood Award Laureates (the prestigious Alternative Nobel Prize), Right Livelihood College faculty and researchers, and their communities.