The course explores both conceptual and practical complexities of sustainability, concentrating on the challenges posed by scarce resources for a growing population and growing consumption, by climate change and its impact on nation’s economies, and on the integrity of ecosystems and the lives of people within them, and on the new, technologically interconnected world.
Taking on these themes, the course will reflect on the importance of rethinking current cultural, institutional and productive infrastructures, all requiring radical reconfiguration on a systematic level to best pursue sustainability.
Rome will be analyzed as a case study, evaluating its potential and criticism through research and comparison with other European cities.
The course consists of lectures, group work, individual research and project work to develop practical and innovative solutions on proposed themes.
The course is divided into ten weekly modules and meets twice a week for two hours:
- Circumstances and concepts: environment and sustainability in the Anthropocene.
- Problems: scarce resources and ecosystem degradation (guest lectures or visits with FAO and WWF)
- Theoretic background: commons goods as a source of problems and solutions (Rome case study)
- Additional issues: global common goods, climate change, economic analysis
- Legal situations on global, regional, national and local levels (Rome case study)
- Political situations on global, regional, national, and local levels (Rome case study)
- Urban ecology: services, infux, resilience and social justice
- Urban economies (Rome case study)
- Circularization and new business (Rome case study)
- The solution economy (Rome case study)
The course is a total of 40 hours. To receive credit, students must participate in at least 70% of the total course hours, or 28 hours, and pass a final evaluation assigned by the instructor.
The course is offered exclusively in English (50 students).