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Fall 2019
Nov 30,2020
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SUST 100 - IS:
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Sustainability Department

SUST 101 - LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
The course introduces students to an understanding of the world through the lens of human presence in the geologic time. Anthropocene is a popular metaphor to describe the environmental, economic, and cultural transformations since the industrial revolution. The term was coined in 2000 by ecologist Eugene Stoermer and popularized by Paul Crutzen, to define our current geologic age. lt has since represented cultural narratives of human time in the planet, a meme about nature-society interactions (Brondizio et al.).[l] The metaphor of the Anthropocene provides the analytical lens to narrate the story of our planet, living and dying‘ in the planet, and the complex relationship of cultures and the environment. Through a critical analysis of the forces of global transformations-modernity, capitalism, colonialism and development-the course examines questions of resource access, use, distribution and equity in the world and its impact on diverse communities at the local, national and global contexts. lt asks: how can we make sense of the Anthropocene to our world? What does this convey about cultures, economy and he environment. How can we understand the human-cultural dimensions of climate change, pollution, food and water security etc. at the global and local level? What do communities around the globe have to say about the important changes occurring in the world? l-low can we use the understanding of the Arithropocene to be responsible members of the global community? The course is divided into three sections: Part I examines the concept of Anthropocene and it‘s bearing on interpretations of the environment and cultures. Part ll untangles the historical, economic and cultural forces that have shaped the world we live in. Part lll focuses on thematic issues of global distribution of power and resources and it’s impact on communities in the Global North and the Global South. This section focuses on resource and pollution issues relating to food, energy, and water justice, and climate change.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Global Awareness

SUST 210 - BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
This course examines the business rationale for sustainability as fairness to future generations, and analyzes hdw sustainability as the triple bottom line impacts organizations and their functioning. This course takes up the challenge of working out ethical and strategic approaches to impact analysis from within a holistic sustainability frame. The course covers concepts such as socio-ethical impact, competitive advantage and environment impact. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) as well as sustainability models of for-profit and non-profit organizations will be explored. Students in this course will focus on the business imperative for sustainability, and the ways in which the ethical case can be made for a shift in direction toward sustainability. They will come to appreciate the ethical dimensions of business operations, and understand the value proposition for sustainability action. This course has been cross listed with BADM-210.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Values and Ethics

SUST 300 - IS:
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Sustainability Department

SUST 310 - INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR
In this course, students receive a foundational knowledge of core theory in the domain of Sustainability. Sustainability will be defined within different theoretical frameworks, focusing on the contextual differences, dilemmas, contradictions and gray areas, on the points of debate and dispute within the field, as well as the points of universality and consensus. This seminar will build on the foundational understanding of the issues in the introductory classes, to showcase a systems approach to solving problems of sustainability from within the frame of what has been called "the triple bottom line," in which societal decisions are explicitly embedded within the overlap of the three domains of economy, ethics and ecology, or profit, people and planet. Note that this is not substantially different from the classical and well-established economic construct of "Factors of Production" -- that is to say, Land, Labor, and Capital.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

SUST 315 - LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY
This course will focus on models of leadership for change agents, leadership skills are necessary for any effective organizational sustainability transformation. To positively influence the transformation, leaders have to be cognizant of the complex systems based underpinning principles of sustainability. Techniques to measure and monitor the change process across the organizational value chain are presented as a toolkit to equip leaders to effectively carry out change processes. Students will learn how to make the business case for sustainability, how to anticipate and navigate opposition, and also how to mobilize organizational support for their campaigns.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Sustainability Department

SUST 320 - METHODS IN SUSTAINABILITY
The course focuses on appropriate means and tools for gathering information to support sustainability analysis, interventions and actions, as well as techniques for using community information to build agreement and consensus. This course trains students in multi-method research techniques, integrating both qualitative and quantitative tools. An emphasis is placed on participatory approaches to documentation, discourse, valuing and decision-making, and participatory design methods. This is a required course for all Sustainability majors. This course is divided into three modules; each module will focus on specific research techniques and processes. MODULE ONE: This section will introduce students to the research methods and tools of data collection and analysis using ethnographic and other qualitative research methods. MODULE TWO: This module introduces research approaches and statistical methods that are commonly used by environmental scientists (and by professionals in many other physical and social science fields). A core of basic research designs (e.g., completely randomized, randomized block, regression), descriptive statistics (central tendency, variability, distribution), and parametric and nonparametric hypothesis tests (paired sample, unpaired sample, multiple sample, correlation, regression) are examined. MODULE THREE: This module will introduce students to adaptive management and participatory decision making to deal with complex systems. The section will provide a conceptual foundation to dynamic processes and will familiarize students with methods and practises that offer tools to design participatory, multi-perspective and multi-scalar approach to building rich descriptions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Sustainability Department

SUST 599 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Online

Sustainability Department

SUST 600 - IS: SUSTAINABILITY

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 605 - FOUNDATIONS: SUSTAINABILITY THEORY
(FORMERLY: FOUNDATIONS: SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES) In this course, students receive a foundational knowledge of core theory in the fields of Sustainability with a focus on theory that supports application and intervention. Sustainability will be defined within different theoretical frameworks, emphasizing varied points of interpretation and approach. A key focus will be on the contextual differences, dilemmas, contradictions and gray areas, on the points of debate and dispute within the field, as well as the points of universality and consensus. As Lewin said, "there is nothing more practical than a good theory." Sustainability practice is eminently practical, designed to learn how to put one's finger on the pulse, read the situation and respond appropriately. The right body of operational theory will greatly accentuate the practitioner's effeciveness. And the deep grasp of process theory relating to social change, leadership and social learning, in combination with the content of sustainability, promises to arm new practitioners with both the wisdom and the understanding to design a sustainable intervention. This course will follow a format of 50% online lectures and 50% in-class discussions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 610 - FOUNDATIONS:NATURAL RESOURCES,PROCESSES & MANAGEMENT
This course presents a broad survey of the foundational concepts related to natural resources and their sustainable management. Online lectures by the course instructor and guest experts are combined with readings, assignments and seminar discussions of case studies to elucidate the best practices and approaches for each topic. General areas addressed include the conservation and management of energy, biological, geological and water resources, as well as specific topics of climate change, tiping points, ecosystem services, food production, residential landscapes, forestry, fisheries, wildlife conservation and the reduction and remediation of chemical contaminants. Each student makes a site visit to learn first-hand about an example of successful conservation and management of particular resources. This course will follow a format of 50% online lectures and 50% in-class discussions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 630 - METHODS & PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABILITY
Methods and Practices of Sustainability focuses on appropriate means and tools for gathering information to support sustainability analysis, interventions and actions, as well as techniques for using community information to build agreement and consensus. This course trains students in multi method research techniques, integrating both qualitative and quantitative tools. An emphasis is placed on participatory approaches to documentation, discourse, valuing and decision-making, informed by the National Environmental Policy Act and participatory design methods. Students will emerge from the course with the working draft of a research proposal that can then be developed over the following semesters into their Capstone Project. This course will follow a format of 50% online lectures and 50% in-class discusisons.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 640 - ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY
The Business of Sustainability course takes up the challenge of working out an ethical and strategic analysis upon which to base economic policy and business practices. This challenge extends the principles of sustainability to corporate social responsibility and accountability. The purpose of the course is to provide sustainability practitioners an understanding of how economic policy and business practices can appropriately and ethically enhance sustainability. The Business of Sustainability takes up the challenge of working out an ethical and strategic analysis upon which to base business models and practices, civic action, and public policy, incorporating the Triple Bottom Line. Operational organizational, investment, practical, and analytical skills and methods must extend to industries and firms as they shift to an era of sustainability. This course will follow a format of 50% online lectures and 50% in-class discsusions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 645 - BUSINESS OF SUSTAINABILITY
(FORMERLY: ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY) The Business of Sustainability course takes up the challenge of working out an ethical and strategic analysis upon which to base economic policy and business practices. This challenge extends the principles of sustainability to corporate social responsibility and accountability. The purpose of the course is to provide sustainability practitioners an understanding of how economic policy and business practices can appropriately and ethically enhance sustainability. The Business of Sustainability also takes up the challenge of working out an ethical and strategic analysis upon which to base business models and practices, civic action, and public policy, incorporating the Triple Bottom Line. Operational organizational, investment, practical, and analytical skills and methods must extend to industries and firms as they shift to an era of sustainability.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sustainability Department

SUST 650 - SUMMER PRACTICUM
The summer Practicum acts as a fulcrum, pivoting the program from its First-Year focus on theory to its Second-Year emphasis on practice. Students will be guided into internships or fieldwork opportunities that will help them develop their understanding of how sustainability is implemented, in ways which help prime their thinking about their own second-year Capstone experience. This course takes the form of supervised fieldwork, and must serve to underscore the criteria of the triple bottom line, in that the activity engaged in must simultaneously consider ecological, social, and economic variables. The course is offered in a hybrid format, meeting once a week in person and twice a week on-line, apart from the actual internship or fieldwork experience, so as to ensure adquate on-going feedback and guidance by faculty. Digital conferencing will be used in cases where students are working abroad or are otherwise away from Ramapo College.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 660 - SUSTAINABILITY STUDIO
The purpose of the Sustainability Studio is to provide an experiential, project based lecture/lab space where participants can explore and develop the complex skills and abilities needed for implementing sustainability. Each year, a site specific real-world project is designated as the context for student teams to do real sustainability work using the collaborative and interdisciplinary approach characteristic of sustainable practice. This course will follow a format of 50% online discussions and 50% in-class presentations.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 670 - EXPERT PRACTITIONER SEMINAR
The purpose of the Expert Practitioner Series is to give students an opportunity to participate in a seminar with experienced sustainability practitioners. Each practitioner has their own portfolio--their history, their projects, their skills, their qualities. What are these qualities? What are their particulr gifts and strengths? Each practitioner works in a context, although they may have switched contexts multiple times. What are the attributes of each context and how do they differ or occur in parallel? Does the practitioner work at the grass roots? From the top down? In the marketplace? Each practitioner works with certain content relating to sustainability. What is the content aspect of their practice? Is it narrow or broad? Is it based on technology or social process? Are they technical or local experts? This course will follow a format of 50% online discussion and 50% in-class lectures.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Seminar

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 699 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Online

Sustainability Department

SUST 710 - PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
This is a capstone-oriented course in Sustainability, designed to develop the students final projects. The goal of the course is to equip students to develop an implementation program for their specific projects, especially focusing on defining the problem, designing the project, implementing and evaluating interventions through study of best practices and sustainability assessments. The course will also tie in public policy inputs to students' understanding of sustainability issues. This section will introduce students to tools of public policy making and implementation process and build the connection between their project and sustainability policy. The aim of the policy section is to familiarize students with the major legal principles involved in promoting sustainability such as air and water pollution, energy, etc. Students will carry out their primary information gathering for their Capstone project during this semester, guided by the Project Development Instructor, their chosen Capstone advisers, and with feedback from their classmates. This class will follow a format of 50% online and 50% in-class meetings. Online classes will include lectures on project designing and public policy. In class meetings will include project and presentation workshops.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 720 - CAPSTONE PROJECT
This will be the culmination of the Second Year experience, building on the work done throughout the two-years of the program. The goal of the Capstone course is to help shape the written document and oral presentation of the Capstone Project work from conceptualization, research and implementation. Participants will develop the final project, and gain experience in making professional presentations to jury panels. A public presentation and celebration for all the graduating students culminates this final semester. The course will offer helpful guidance and a supportive context for completion of the Capstone Projects through 50% online and 50% in-class peer group discussions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Seminar

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

SUST 721 - PROJECT CONTINUATION
Project Continuation is required for students who have not completed either SUST 710 Project Development or SUST 720 Sustainability Capstone Seminar in the allotted timeframe.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Administrative

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
MSS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS


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