Top
feedback
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum banner

    This searchable database of New School courses that address sustainability issues is meant to be a student resource as well as impetus to expand the university's offerings in this area. The university's pursuit of a STARS rating required this inventory of sustainability in our curriculum. More specifically, the university was asked to account for its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses across all divisions.

    Sustainability-focused courses have assessment tasks that involve two of the three sections of the definition below. Sustainability-related courses have assessment tasks that involve one of the three sections of the definition below.

    Curriculum

    Course Title Division Sustainability Focused or Related
    Economics of Disasters NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
    Sustainable Globalization NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
    Natural Disasters in South America NSSR/Lang History Focused
    Environmental Thinking Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Healthy Environment, Healthy People Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Political Animals NSSR/Lang Politics Focused
    Energy and Sustainability Lang Science Focused
    Science and Politics of Infectious Diseases Lang Science Focused
    Health Inequality and Development Lang Science Focused
    Consuming Cities Lang Urban Focused
    Planning Sustainable Cities Lang Urban Focused
    Sustainable Urban Communities Milano Focused
    Sustainability Perspectives and Practices Milano Focused
    History of US Agriculture Bachelors Program Focused
    Urban Agriculture Bachelors Program Focused
    Environment and Security Nexus Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
    Urban Water Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
    The Amazon: Markets, State, Society Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
    EcoFash: Sustainable Solutions Parsons School of Fashion Focused
    Architecture and Social Practice Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Lab: Solar Decathalon Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Nature and Sustainability Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Environmental Technology Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Unsustainability and Consumerism Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
    Technology and Sustainability Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
    Architecture and Energy Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Nature Culture and Design Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Dept Seminar 4: Sustainable Business Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    IDC Ecologies: Sustainable Practice Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    SDS Projects: Urban Communities Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    Environment and Society Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Urban Conservation Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Not-Owning Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Environmental Economics NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
    NYC: Natural History Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Ecology 1 Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Water Quality Lab Lang Science Focused
    Environmental Health Lang Science Focused
    From the Rainforest Lang Science Focused
    Ecologies of the Urban Lang Science Focused
    Ecology II Lang Science Focused
    Urban Food Systems Lang Urban Focused
    Sustainable Urban Communities Milano Focused
    Environmental Justice in American Cities Milano Focused
    Urban Environmental Policy Milano Focused
    Environmental Health Care Issues Milano Focused
    Principles of Environmental Science Milano Focused
    Environmental Law, Science, Policy Milano Focused
    Food, Environment and Health Bachelors Program Focused
    City and Environment Lang Urban Focused
    Environmental Design Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Lab: Solar Decathalon Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Architecture and Social Practice Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Nature in Environment Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
    Technology and Sustainability Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
    Sustainable Consumption Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
    Zero Waste Garment Parsons School of Fashion Focused
    Laboratory 2: Sustainability Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    Lab 2: Sustainable Design Thinking Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    IDC Collab: Urban Practices Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    IDC Systems: Material Impacts Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
    Renewable Energy Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Rethinking Sustainable Design Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
    Applied Research: Urban Bike Parsons School of Art Media Technology Focused
    Chemicals Health and the Enviro Movement Milano Focused
    Street Fights: Urban Planning Bachelors Program Focused
    Urban Forestry Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
    Oyster Restoration Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
    Urban Park Rangers Lang Outdoors Related
    Sustainable Gardening Lang Outdoors Related
    Lang on the Hudson Lang Outdoors Related
    Lang Community Garden Lang Outdoors Related
    Mapping the Human Media Studies Related
    Philosophy and the Animal NSSR/Lang Philosophy Related
    Math Models in Nature Lang Science Related
    Animal Rights, Animal Minds NSSR/Lang Philosophy Related
    Ecology I Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
    Water Quality Lab Lang Science Related
    Mapping the City Lang Urban Related
    Food Environments and Health Bachelors Program Related
    The Harbor and the Hudson Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
    Water Quality Lab Lang Science Related
    Chemistry and the Environment Lang Science Related
    Everyday City Lang Urban Related
    Community Organizing Lang Urban Related
    Urban Food Systems Lang Urban Related
    Global Food System Bachelors Program Related
    Politics Health and Environment Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related

    The Definition

    Sustainability names a concern for the quality of the future that is likely to result from the structure of societies today. That concern can be widespread, extending from a concern for evolutionary viability of particular non-human species to issues of the equity of access to resources of different human communities.

    For 2010-11, The New School is defining sustainability as a concern about future generations' equitable access to complex materials, dense energy sources, clean air and water, when a diversity of non-human species also depend upon all those for their well-being.

    At The New School, learning about sustainability involves understanding:

    1. Rationales for concern about sustainability, such as valuing
      • being precautionary (by limiting the extent of what is done or ensuring its reversibility)
      • equity (across peoples of different race and culture and between current and future generations)
      • a diversity of non-human species and the uniqueness of places
      • democratic principles of transparency and inclusiveness
    2. Qualities of sustainable systems, such as natural ecosystems, that tend to be
      • negentropic (attempting wherever possible to stem the cosmic dissipation of energy into less concentrated and ordered forms)
      • resilient (with redundancies and networking that can absorb unexpected impacts)
      • biocompatible (with outputs that can be non-destructive inputs to mostly non-human (i.e. 'natural') systems, or non-interfering of those systems (i.e., valuable inputs to subsequent industrial systems)
      • dematerializing (decoupling demand satisfaction and value creation from material resource consumption)
    3. Capacities of institutions and communities to prioritize those rationales and qualities, by incorporating
      • scientifically-produced knowledge into decision-making
      • long term planning that take account of variable scenarios and risks
      • whole-of-life costing, internalizing environmental costs and restoration
      • timely, authentic consultation with a wide set of stakeholders and communities
      • accounts of humans that assume culturally-specific reasonableness constrained by socio-technical systems and routine everyday practices

    What is STARS®?

    The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The New School received a STARS Silver rating in August 2011.

Connect