Area 1: Integrative Sustainability Management
3 COURSES (9 CREDITS)
Required: SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management (3 credits)
Required: SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop (3 credits)
Approved Integrative Sustainability Management Elective Course (3 credits)
These three courses give students an understanding of the elements of sustainability by teaching them about the complex interactions between natural and social systems which sustainability practitioners must always consider. Students will also learn about the different ways in which “sustainability” is understood.
SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management
SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop
SUMA PS4030 Hungry City Workshop
SUMA PS4130 Sustainable Cities
SUMA PS4310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership
SUMA PS4490 Women in Cities: Integrating Needs, Rights, Access and Opportunity into Sustainable Urban Design, Planning and Management
SUMA PS4734 Practicum on Environmental Research
SUMA PS5150 Energy and Sustainable Development
SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations
SUMA PS5180 Writing about Global Science for the International Media
SUMA PS5199 Sustainable Transportation Economy
SUMA PS5250 Building Resilience in 21st Century Detroit: Roots and Remedies to Racial Injustice
SUMA PS5470 Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals
SUMA PS5525 Consumerism and Sustainability
SUMA PS5700 Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance
SUMA PS5888 Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability
SUMA PS6131 Understanding the SEC Rule: Disclosure Law for Non-Lawyers
SUMA PS6135 Art and Sustainability
The Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client.
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Case Studies Project [SUMA PS4100]
Over the course of the semester, sustainability masters students wrote case studies about an organization (public, private for-profit, private non-profit) that analyzed its efforts to incorporate environmental sustainability into its organizational structure and practices. With this assignment, our students addressed the fundamental challenges facing managers in operationalizing sustainability strategies within routine decision-making processes inside organizations. These case studies identify best and worst practices for organizational management and make reasonable recommendations for integrating sustainability management into the organization. Additionally, the case studies addressed the applicability of these recommendations to other organizations.
The case studies project for the Sustainability Management course allows students to apply their knowledge to evaluate the environmental sustainability of companies. The final studies from previous editions of the project can be found here.