07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W
Robinson Hall B118
Section Information for Fall 2018
If community development embodies intentional collective actions designed to improve social, economic, physical, and environmental well-being, while preserving valuable aspects of the culture of the particular geographic area,* then how come several of mostly government initiated and funded so called ‘development projects’ are met with skepticism, resistance, and protests by the very people who are being reached out to instead of supporting them? What explains such a communal response? Where is the disconnect? What does sustainable development mean where people and the environment matter? What does it look like? What mechanisms are set in place for such kind of development to take place?
On the other hand, how is Fair Trade both a manifestation of and a means in achieving sustainable development? In other words, how do we translate development into changing the ways global trade works, against the backdrop of conventional trade chains which have only fed growing inequality around the world, leaving farmers and workers marginalized,** and environment devastated and degraded? What are the different forms of fair trade? These are a few questions the class will attempt to address in this course. Through collective, group and individual discussions and presentations, site visits, and research, participants in this course will explore the correlation between sustainable community development and fair trade in terms of theories, principles, practice, and cases both local and global. They will discuss and find answers to challenges and problems nations and local communities face when it comes to sustainable development and proper implementation of fair trade. Competencies that this course highlights include: global understanding, critical and reflective thinking, communication (oral and written), cultural and aesthetics awareness, problem-solving, and well-being.
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