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GLB5310 Foundation of Sustainable Development: Home

Course Description

This course introduces the global trends and changing conditions of our lives, habitats and the plant, including population explosion, urbanization, the situation with energy, water, climate, food and agriculture and globalization more generally. It also helps students gain the knowledge of and capability to discover the principles, alternative conceptions and theoretical interpretations of the notion of sustainable development. The roles of individual, society, market, government and nongovernmental actors towards sustainability will be highlighted. 

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