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Globalization, Migration, and International Relations, Spring 2006
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Tracing the evolution of international interactions, this course examines the dimensions of ...

Tracing the evolution of international interactions, this course examines the dimensions of globalization in terms of scale and scope. It is divided into three parts; together they are intended to provide theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives on source and consequences of globalization, focusing on emergent structures and processes, and on the implications of flows of goods and services across national boundaries -- with special attention to the issue of migration, on the assumption that people matter and matter a lot. An important concern addressed pertains to the dilemmas of international policies that are shaped by the macro-level consequences of micro-level behavior. 17.411 fulfills undergraduate public policy requirement in the major and minor. Graduate students are expected to explore the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

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Political Science
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Choucri, Nazli
Greening the Ghetto
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In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight ...

In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 18-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

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TED
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TED-Ed
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Carter
Majora
An Introduction to Sustainable Energy
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The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit ...

The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems and takes a brief look at where the world may find energy in the future - cleaner use of fossil fuels or renewable energy sources?

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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Liquid Assets: How is a Watershed Polluted?
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The urban and rural activities of our complex social system aimed toward ...

The urban and rural activities of our complex social system aimed toward comfort and progress also have harmful side effects. This segment from a WPSU documentary Liquid Assets describes how the water resources of one city are suffering from these. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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PBS LearningMedia
WPSU
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Teachers' Domain
Liquid Assets: What is a Watershed?
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A watershed and its features are very important parts of a regionŒë_í_Œ_ ...

A watershed and its features are very important parts of a regionŒë_í_Œ_ water supply system. It can also be a powerful predictor of the quality of life in this region. This segment of a WPSU documentary Liquid Assets describes how a watershed is formed. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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PBS LearningMedia
WPSU
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Materials 1: An Introduction to Global Resources and Reserves
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This video examines the global perspective of materials. It looks that the ...

This video examines the global perspective of materials. It looks that the difference between reserves and resources and considers the question of "running out" of materials.This video part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Materials 2: Life Cycle View of Material
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This video explains what is meant by a materials life cycle framework. ...

This video explains what is meant by a materials life cycle framework. It describes what happens at each step in the life cycle and why designers should consider the life cycle in the design process. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Materials 3: Assessing and Reducing Life Cycle Impact
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This video examines the use of life cycle assessment methods as an ...

This video examines the use of life cycle assessment methods as an aid to the design process. It introduces three methods: full life cycle assessment, streamlined life cycle assessment, and economic input-output life cycle assessment. The advantages and limits of each stated. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Materials 4: Design Strategies for Transformative Innovation
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What can we learn from nature's designs for sustainability? This video compares ...

What can we learn from nature's designs for sustainability? This video compares nature's methods with the industrial era methods of design. It recommends a design strategy based on the connection or relationship between things as a means to achieve transformative innovation for sustainability. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users, Fall 2008
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"Can you make a cellphone change the world? NextLab is a hands-on ...

"Can you make a cellphone change the world? NextLab is a hands-on year-long design course in which students research, develop and deploy mobile technologies for the next billion mobile users in developing countries. Guided by real-world needs as observed by local partners, students work in multidisciplinary teams on term-long projects, closely collaborating with NGOs and communities at the local level, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Students are expected to leverage technical ingenuity in both mobile and internet technologies together with social insight in order to address social challenges in areas such as health, microfinance, entrepreneurship, education, and civic activism. Students with technically and socially viable prototypes may obtain funding for travel to their target communities, in order to obtain the first-hand feedback necessary to prepare their technologies for full fledged deployment into the real world (subject to guidelines and limitations)."

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Clifford, Gari
Fletcher, Rich
Rotberg, Jhonatan
Sarmenta, Luis
Oiligarchy
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Now you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and ...

Now you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and drill around the world, corrupt politicians, stop alternative energies and increase the oil addiction. Be sure to have fun before the resources begin to deplete.

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Arts and Humanities
Economics
Material Type:
Games
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Molleindustria
Optimize! Cleaner Energy Options for Rural China
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Students work in engineering teams to optimize cleaner energy solutions for cooking ...

Students work in engineering teams to optimize cleaner energy solutions for cooking and heating in rural China. They choose between various options for heating, cooking, hot water, and lights and other electricity, balancing between the cost and health effects of different energy choices.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Activities and Labs
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous, Stephanie Rivale, Janet Yowell, Denise W. Carlson (This material developed in part during Watrous' China Fulbright fellowship in 2009-10. Sincere thanks to the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Program for their support.)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Planning for Sustainable Development, Spring 2006
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Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability ...

Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability as a process of social, organizational, and political development drawing on cases from the US and Europe. Explores pathways to sustainability through debates on ecological modernization; sustainable technology development, international and intergenerational fairness, and democratic governance. Third subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence.

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Architecture and Design
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
David
Laws
Population 1: Global Population and Carrying Capacity
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This video looks at the global population and trends. It also explains ...

This video looks at the global population and trends. It also explains the concept of carrying capacity and how a person's behavior influences carrying capacity. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
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Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Population 2: The Ecological Footprint
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This video describes the ecological footprint and its limitation. It goes into ...

This video describes the ecological footprint and its limitation. It goes into some depth on the computation on the footprint and what it means for the global population. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Population and Development
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This module on population and development is part of the World Bank ...

This module on population and development is part of the World Bank Group's educational site that addresses sustainable development in the world. An introduction, objectives, activities, and references are provided. Educators can use the activities to help students understand population growth rates.

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United Nations
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UNESCO
Author:
John Fien
Potable Water Treatment
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Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must ...

Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This unit will guide you through the continuous cycling of water between land, open water surfaces and the sea before moving on to an overview of the water treatment and supply process.

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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Prototypes to Products, Fall 2005
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For students and teams who have started a sustainable-development project in D-Lab ...

For students and teams who have started a sustainable-development project in D-Lab (SP.721, SP.722), the IDEAS Competition, Design for Demining (SP.786), Product Engineering Processes (2.009), or elsewhere, this class provides a setting to continue developing projects for field implementation. Topics covered include prototyping techniques, materials selection, design-for-manufacturing, field-testing, and project management. All classwork will directly relate to the students' projects, and the instructor will consult on the projects during weekly lab time. There are no exams. Teams are encouraged to enroll together.

Subject:
Manufacturing
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Heafitz, Andrew
Reef Results, Problem-Solving, and Solutions
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As fish populations plummet, Peace Corps Volunteer Tommy Schultz works with Filipinos ...

As fish populations plummet, Peace Corps Volunteer Tommy Schultz works with Filipinos to restore the sea life that the local people depend on for food. After watching the slide show, Protecting Philippine Reefs, students will recognize how intertwined human existence is with the health of ecosystems, identifying positive and negative impacts that people can have on their local environment. They will also practice reading fluency and new vocabulary in sentence construction and writing.

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Environmental Science
Language Education (ESL)
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