Building Sustainable Communities - Detroit and Boston

(OPEN TO BC AND NON BC STUDENTS)

APPLIED KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Do you want to learn about the strategies that practitioners are using to build sustainable communities? Do you want to see first-hand how urban agriculture and community food systems are transforming cities?  Do you want to connect the theory and practice of sustainable development?  Do you want to understand the social, ecological, and economic aspects of sustainable communities and urban development?  Are you interested in sustainability issues but wondering how you might integrate this into your future?  Are you working or hoping to work in fields related to sustainability, entrepreneurship, urbanism and design, urban planning, social services, environmental education, food systems, or environmental policy?

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will investigate contemporary urban environments through the eyes of urban farmers and community innovators who are building more equitable communities and sustainable relationships with the land. Fieldwork, class discussions, environmental media, and workshops with community partners will facilitate our engagement with sustainability narratives and practices. Course themes include the urban planning and racial politics, challenges and opportunities of deindustrialization, the environmental justice movement, youth education, organizational development, and community-based urban transformation. 

FIELD WORK IN BOSTON AND DETROIT

In order to explore possibilities of sustainable communities in a variety of social and urban contexts, this hybrid course includes one week of fieldwork in Boston, one week of fieldwork in Detroit, and online components. Fieldwork experiences in Boston and Detroit will give students an on-the-ground perspective of urban agriculture, environmental justice, and sustainability practices that are shaping cities around the world. Guest lecturers, field placements, and site visits with organizations that are closest to urban sustainability problems and solutions will compliment classroom instruction. ​

Any level of prior coursework, experience, or interest in sustainability and cities is welcome.

For more information  on program content, please contact:  Matt DelSesto, delsesma@bc.edu or Mike Cermak, cermakm@bc.edu

HOW TO REGISTER:

Coming Soon 

 

Program Costs:

Approximately $4000.00*

In addition to course tuition, a program fee of $1200.00, which covers the costs of an individual meal plan and double occupancy accommodations in Detroit at Wayne State University (tentative location), on ground travel in Boston and Detroit, and related co-curricular activities, will be charged. Travel to and from Boston and Detroit is not included. 

*Final program cost will be posted once AY2020-21tuition fees are set. 

Program Highlights:

  • Earn three elective course credits in Sociology or Environmental Studies (cross listed course)
  • Urban agriculture biking tour with Wheel House Detroit / Keep Growing Detroit
  • End of session cookout/visit to Belle Isle
  • *Dates are tentative 

Program Dates, Times and Locations:

Boston College Campus:  Tuesday, May 26, 3:00-6:00 pm
Boston College Campus:  Friday, May 29, 3:00-6:00 pm
Boston area field sites:  Saturday, May 30, 10am-6pm
Boston College Campus:  Monday, June 1, 3:00-6:00 pm
Wayne State University Campus and Detroit field sites: Tuesday June 2 - Tuesday June 9