Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy

In the midst of a crowd, a young woman holds a sign with the words: System Change. Not Climate Change.

The People's Climate March in New York City in 2014. Climate change is one of the topics explored in this course. (Image courtesy of Joe Brusky on flickr. License CC BY-NC.)


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17.181 / 17.182

As Taught In

Fall 2016


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of sustainable development. It focuses on the sustainability problems of industrial countries, and of developing states and economies in transition. It also explores the sociology of knowledge regarding sustainability, the economic and technological dimensions, and institutional imperatives, along with implications for political constitution of economic performance.

17.181 fulfills the undergraduate public policy requirement in the Political Science major and minor. Graduate students are expected to explore the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

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Nazli Choucri. 17.181 Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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