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FYSE 134 Inclusive Visions of Sustainability for the 21st Century: Home

A Sustainably Focused QEP Course taught in the engaging style of Dr. Todd Le Vasseur

Course Goals & Objectives

Specific goals of the seminar are as follows:

To become comfortable doing college-level research and writing.

To practice note taking and data analysis.

To gain comfort working with groups and speaking in a class setting.

To understand the development of the concept of sustainability, and the racial, class, and epistemological background of this concept.

To become aware of 21st century sustainability problems and how you may help to solve them.

Course Description & Instructional Format

This course highlights and explores the sustainability work of black, indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color. The course explores past and present entrepreneurial, justice, and environmental work as these relate to the social, environmental, and economic issues of the 21st century and how communities of color are mobilizing to address and solve these issues.  The course is a mix of investigating both domestic and international case studies, watching documentaries, engaging various readings, participating in lectures, and undertaking community engagement all directed towards developing a better understanding of and articulating an inclusive, non-White vision of sustainability that can adequately solve the interconnected problems facing our future.  The course is a seminar, so it will be discussion based, with students expected to offer insightful comments (reflections about, criticisms of, connections between) on assigned readings.  The class will be augmented by lectures, youtube clips, and documentaries.

Information Literacy

  • Use appropriate tools and search strategies for identifying particular types of information specific to the discipline
  • Evaluate the relevance, quality, and appropriateness of different sources of information
  • Recognize and classify the information contained within a bibliographic citation • Access and use information ethically and legally 

Research Librarian, Media Services Coordinator

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Jared Seay
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Spring 2022, College of Charleston.  Last update 2/2/2022