13 Feb Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Leadership

Perkins School of Theology at SMU
Completion Time: February - May 2019
Tuition: $2,022

Hybrid class to include three class weekends in Dallas on the main SMU campus select Fridays (1-5pm) and Saturdays (9am-4pm): February 15th-16th, March 29th-30th, and May 3rd-4th. Additional online instruction required.

Instructor(s): Joyce Stubblefield/Adjunct Faculty
Contact Info: Kate Montgomery

Class Description

This new Sustainability Leadership course will engage an inaugural class of clergy and religious leaders interested in leadership modelling for sustainable development, resiliency, and human well-being at local and global scales. The study will focus on the complex concept of sustainability. There are three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and societal dimensions. Students will design their leadership roadmap balancing and examining tradeoffs for internal and external actions. There are a host of issues affecting sustainability and well-being that require leadership. Students will explore various resources available to assist in their decision making for action.

Religious organizations and leaders world-wide are promoting and encouraging a more sustainable and resilient future. Sustainable development meets the needs or present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Commission, 1987); disasters and the concern about future natural impacts are affecting many lives and communities. Accelerating the reducing in environmental impacts promotes well-being. To accelerate improvement in well-being will take all of us. It will take leadership. One model students will explore is the Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Model; however, how that leadership plays out is up to all of us: leaders and followers. The United Methodist Church Social Principles are key principles to that sustainable future. Sustainability Leadership is that critical factor in accelerating a more sustainable and resilient future and in implementing the principle set before them. The religious community is a billion strong – and deserves each leader to envision that sustainable future. Our communities are still facing the challenges for recovery from recent and not so distance natural disasters. Religious organizations are more and more in need to serve communities. Religious leaders often are first to help, often fill in the gap to meet immediate needs. Religious leaders interact with a variety of organizations who also are striving to bring about a sustainable future by demanding it of their supply chains. Academia has a great wealth of knowledge to help Religious leaders decision making in balancing environmental, development, and natural disaster impacts to that of the great social services.

Some class periods may have special guests Skyped in from within the US and The Netherlands.

To apply/enroll:
1. If not currently an SMU graduate student, apply for visiting graduate student (non-degree) admission - see link here. Requires undergraduate degree, online application, unofficial transcripts, brief personal statement, and application fee.
2. Upon admission, you will receive instructions on how to enroll in class.

For questions, please call the SMU Graduate Liberal Studies office at 214.768.4273.


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