Exploring Sustainability in the Indian Context


There are rapid and widespread environmental, economic and social changes in the world that have led to urgent global questions of sustainability. These concerns take on different contours in developing countries like India, different from questions in industrialised countries. In developing countries, equity and social justice with regard to environmental concerns are central in the process of addressing sustainability. 

What you will learn

This interdisciplinary, multi-instructor course provides an introduction to sustainability within the context of development in India. We develop an integrated perspective on sustainability along ecological and social dimensions and use these to examine critical themes of importance to India, like population, food, and climate change. 

We explore how our imagination of culture, markets, state, and even of nature itself influences sustainability action. We end with examining how to take sustainability action — as individuals, communities and larger collectives, and across all scales, from the local to the global.

You are expected to watch video lectures, join interactive video-discussions with faculty, and participate in discussion forums.

This course is designed for those interested an integrated and multi-disciplinary understanding of sustainability both in theory and practice. It is ideal for if you are curious about sustainability, especially as a development practitioners who wishes to deepen your understanding.

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