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Sustainable Development: The Case for a Living Wage

“Sustainability” and “living wages” are buzzwords in international development. But what do they mean? How are they measured? How does progress around one concept affect progress toward the other? This class examines the contemporary sustainable-development and living-wage movements and interrogates their intersections. How are governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, and NGOs supporting these goals? Are those initiatives working? Or are they simply clever marketing and inefficient spending?

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the concepts of sustainable development, income equality, and living wage, including how each is measured and evaluated how they influence one another
  • The skills to examine thoughtfully the ways in which private, public, and nonprofit actors are facilitating sustainable development and supporting living wages and to consider critically claims about their impact

Ideal for

  • Students, practitioners, and activists concerned with global social justice and the “social” aspects of sustainable development
  • Anyone interested in fair trade, fair labor, workers’ rights, the ILO, sweatshops, international development, income inequality, global inequality, sustainability certifications, and poverty reduction
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.