17.181 / 17.182 Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy, Spring 2006
Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy
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This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of "sustainable development." It focuses on the sustainability problems of industrial countries (i.e., aging of populations, sustainable consumption, institutional adjustments, etc.); and of developing states and economies in transition (i.e., managing growth, sustainability of production patterns, pressures of population change, etc.). It also explores the sociology of knowledge around sustainability, the economic and technological dimensions and institutional imperatives along with implications for political constitution of economic performance.
political theory, sustainable development, industrial ized nations, aging population, consumption, developing countries, economics, production, sociology, technology, regulation, public policy, environment, business, 17.181, 17.182
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