Registration via LPIS
|Tuesday||05/02/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.3.06|
|Wednesday||05/03/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.3.07|
|Thursday||05/04/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.3.08|
|Friday||05/05/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.3.08|
|Monday||05/08/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.3.08|
|Tuesday||05/09/23||02:30 PM - 05:30 PM||TC.5.14|
|Wednesday||05/10/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.2.01|
|Thursday||05/11/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||D5.1.003|
|Friday||05/12/23||02:00 PM - 05:00 PM||TC.4.13|
This course empowers students to address current sustainability challenges from the perspective of interrelated social, economic, environmental, and legal systems. We will open our thinking and gain insights by comparing needs, initiatives, and legal frameworks in Austria, the United States, and other countries. Students will apply multidisciplinary analyses and design legislation, regulations, and government programs to advance sustainability goals.
The first sessions will address several diverse meanings of sustainability and how sustainability is pursued through various pathways including by enacting and implementing laws. Next, we will explore and recommend solutions for a range of challenges like environmental justice, epidemics, immigration, education, transportation, and health impacts of climate change. With guidance from experts, these classes will draw on case studies of initiatives and laws with special attention to Vienna and Illinois. Finally, each student will select a recent law or design legislation or a government program which advances certain sustainability goals, and the student will present its provisions and the related needs and benefits.
The course uses interdisciplinary concepts and sources in law as well as political science, environmental sciences, public health, economics, engineering, sociology, and education.
Students will learn to
- analyze sustainability as dependent on interrelated social, economic, environmental, and legal systems
- examine ways that laws can promote or impede progress toward sustainability, including sources of laws and issues In implementing laws
- compare nations and cities in their sustainability needs, initiatives, and legal frameworks
- design and advocate for a law or government program that advances certain elements of sustainability
Students are required to attend all lectures and seminars but may miss up to one full session. The first and last session are absolutely mandatory and cannot be missed.
Lectures and guest presentations
In class discussions and small group learning exercises
Readings, videos, and assignments in preparation of each class
- Assignments for classes 1-6 60% (10% per assignment)
- Presentation in class 9 and final paper 24%
- Participation in classes 16%
- 100-90: 1 =excellent
- 89-80: 2=good
- 79-70: 3=satisfactory
- 69-60: 4=sufficient
- 59 and below = fail
Course enrollment is on the basis of "first-come, first-served” principle. If you have registered but cannot participate in the course, please de-register via LPIS during the registration period so that your course is available to students on the waiting list. If there is a waiting list for enrollment in the course, students at the waiting list will be notified after the end of the enrollment period, and will be allocated to available places. Students will be ranked by their study progress not by their rank on the waiting list. This procedure, however, is not to be understood as a place guarantee.
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