ANTH 110I — Cultures of Sustainability and Social Justice

Creators: Nancy Chen, David Shaw

This course brings together diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice. Students will investigate multiple theories of sustainable development as well as tools, techniques, and contexts for ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility, and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world highlighting the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates in tandem with UC faculty.

General Education code(s): PE-E

Type of course and Credit: Online, 5 units

Course first offered: Fall 2017


Students said about the course:

“This course has not only broadened our horizons on various topics, but has allowed us to understand the complexity behind common terminology used everyday. For example, terms such as agroecology and climate change mean more than the dictionary definitions, and this class truly taught us that. We were taught to ask the questions who gets affected by climate change? What are the various viewpoints? It taught us that these words are attached to faces, stories, communities, and real world implications. As aspiring Anthropologists, this class taught us that the job of social activism and change is not put on the shoulders of a single discipline, however, it is transdisciplinary practices that allow for great change. Moreover, this course has also allowed us to gain confidence in establishing our own research, talking to other established Anthropologists, and solidified our position in the world in order to create the changes needed. This course is perfect for all individuals aspiring to learn more about the world and how to change it sustainably for the better. Throughout the course students are introduced to Right Livelihood Laureates from all possible career paths in order to teach students that all parts of society can and are needed in order to establish social change. This aspect of the course had helped us in planning our own future careers and aspiring goals. We are hopeful in creating sustainable change and we feel that more collaboration between RLA Laureates and the UC system would encourage more students to do so as well!”