This for-credit graduate course is proposed as a collaborative learning process which combines the usual classroom sessions with a somewhat ambitious internet support platform, the goal of which is to explore the topic of Sustainable Development, Economy & Democracy with a class of graduate IMBA students of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris. The classes are conducted in a round table setting, with full computer and communications support for all participants. Students are required to participate in a selection of assignments in the week prior to the actual seminar, and have to the end of the month to prepare and submit a term paper.
- If you click to https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com/tag/2016/ you will be taken to all of the postings and various instructions intended to prepare you to get best value out of the 2016 ISG seminar. If you work your way through these you will be fully prepared and ready to go as we sit down together to try to understand one of the world’s most complex and pressing challenges, starting at 09:00 on Day 1, 9 June 2016. Continue reading
1. First: Make sure you are in http://sustain.ecoplan.org (or https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com, same thing.)
2. Course blog”: Go to top right column and click the slot where it says “* Click for free subscription. At that point you will be sent a welcoming informing you see that you are “following the log along with xx “amazing people” (their words, not mine ;- ). Since we are working on such a compressed timetable, I suggest you sign up for the daily updates.
Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy in three short days? Instead of the usual full semester at the university with weekly lectures, heavy reading, extensive class discussions, working papers, visiting speakers, tea with your professor, and the rest. With one full week between classes for all that extensive preparatory work to be done each time. But that is not our case here. It’s 2015 and the dynamics of life, learning and work are not standing still. We need a strategy for our time.
Master Class: 9-11 June 2016. (Grade credit: 60% – includes all required written submittals)
Location: ISG, 8, rue de Lota 75116 Paris
Final paper: (Grade credit: 40%)
Due on or before 30 June 2016
The seminar takes place over three consecutive eight-hour days, opening each morning at 09:00 sharp, with a one hour break for lunch and then to go on to 18:00. The classes will take place at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, 8, rue de Lota 75116 Paris. (See map.)
The seminar is organized in six four-hour sessions: from 09:00 to 13:00, and from 14:00 to 18:00. You will find the main topics of each session indicated in the following. Detailed agenda for each session will be distributed, discussed and finalized during the course of the first session on Thursday morning, thus giving each student a chance to make their voice heard and help shape the agenda. Sustainable development requires first class communication and team work; so we might as well start here.
Registered students are asked to prepare:
1, Short bio note with your background, country of origin, language(s), education to date and current/eventual career expectations or hopes – 100-200 words, with photo please.
2. Paragraph or so giving your first definition/understanding of sustainable development, and finally a
3. Short statement setting out your reasons for signing up and well as your expectations, hopes for the course (A paragraph or so will do).
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.
Once you have absorbed the following, I invite you to have a close look at the section on Bibliographic Referencing and Citation, to which you can link here.
Since we are tackling in three short days a topic of such gargantuan complexity and overarching importance that it is eluding the world’s best and brightest statesmen, scholars, scientists, governments, international organizations, corporations, NGOs, the media, civil society, and caring citizens, the least we can do is to make sure that we get our basic organization in shape so as to take best advantage of our short time together.
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