Creating the Sustainable City: Building a Seminar (and Curriculum) through Interdisciplinary Learning

  • Michael A. Bryson Roosevelt University
Keywords: Higher Education, Sustainability Education, Interdisciplinarity


Using the wealth of sites available in the Chicago metropolitan area, online learning technologies, and classroom interactions, Roosevelt University's seminar "The Sustainable City" takes a multidisciplinary approach to urban ecology, waste management, green design, climate change, urban planning, park/ands, water systems, environmental justice, ecological restoration, and urban agriculture. The seminar introduces adult undergraduates to the study of the Chicago metropolitan area's natural and social environment through field trips, Blackboard-based online discussions, and team-taught lectures and in-class discussions. Most significantly, the seminar has inspired a new curriculum in sustainability studies at Roosevelt.