Sustainability starts with each of us. So in that spirit each member of the class is asked to calculate their own ecological footprint, and then in a round table presentation report it and comment in less than five minutes. A reasonable starting point for background is the WP entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint, which you are invited to read and eventually comment.
We all know the story about The Blind Men and the Elephant?
Fine, but do you know the one about The Blind Men and “Sustainable Development”?
The seminar paper accounts for fully half of your final grade in this course. The way in which you present it is important and in the following we set out the standards and details of presentation that we expect will be rigorously adhered to.
The term paper is the heart of the course and the learning process behind it. We ask you to start organizing your thinking on this even before you come into the seminar the first time on Thursday morning. The present website is content rich and sets out a number of clues and ideas for this that you may find useful.
And to the extent that this is agreeable to you, we would like to ask you at the very least to consider having at least some of the report dealing with ideas concerning the relationship between sustainable development and the problems, attitudes and opportunities within your own country. This however is your choice, so now let us get on with this short list, which in point of fact represent the curiosity of your professor who is curious to have the benefit of your thoughts on these topics
One of the strongest points of these ISG Master classes is that each year the students come from such a wide range of backgrounds and places. This gives us an opportunity to share ideas and views that reflect these often considerable personal and cultural differences and as a result, greatly enrich the learning process. Here by way of example are a selection of titles and countries of author origin of some of the previous term papers submitted in past seminars.
As part of the course credit each member of the class is required to prepare and present a Quick Report on some aspect of our topic in which you tackle a topic, author, event, institution or school of thought, which you then summarize, analyze and present with your comments to the others for their attention and critical reactions.