BA & Sc in Sustainability, Science & Society

McGill University

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


The program will provide the inter-disciplinary and integrative knowledge and skills required to understand and address the sustainability challenge in its multiple dimensions. It is built upon three pillars: 1) Science and Technology, to provide an in-depth understanding of the underpinnings of the problems of concern (i. e, the 'what'); 2) Economics, Policy, and Governance, to understand how we can make the Sustainability transition; and 3) Ethics, Equity, and Justice, to discuss why we need change, and the issues of equity and justice associated with taking action.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability, its contested meanings, multiple dimensions, perspectives and scales.

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of a specific set of sustainability challenges, including the interconnection between the three pillars of SSS, scales of those challenges, and relationship to personal choices.

  • Acquire hands-on experience with a suite of analytical tools used to address sustainability challenges.

  • Recognize that, while analysis is useful, it has limits, and avoid “analysis paralysis”

  • Gain an understanding of institutional approaches to inform effective policy making and implementation

  • Will learn to shine a light, instead of cursing the darkness, and offer feasible alternatives to the status-quo.

  • Appreciate the role of science in society and also that societal decision making involves multiple perspectives and factors that go beyond science.

  • Be able to persuasively communicate ideas, orally and in writing, to multiple audiences.

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