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Sustainability Symposium - Spring 2015

Capstone for the M.A. in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities  


Course Description

ICSR 590 Sustainability Symposium is the culminating requirement of the M.A. degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (SRSC). It includes site evaluations and a concluding symposium. Specifically, ICSR 590 will help us

  • examine a range of disciplinary perspectives on social justice;
  • analyze the interrelationships of issues and interlocking systems associated with social organization and community development;
  • examine the practical and theoretical principles of sustainability and how to apply them to diverse situations and communities throughout the world;
  • analyze the power relationships (gender, race, age, class) that historically surround social justice and how these may be changed or augmented to increase social equality and equity;
  • apply the principles of community organizing and be able to effectively utilize them in a variety of communities.


Anticipated Learning Outcomes

Students completing ICSR 590 will demonstrate that they can

  • critique relevant readings in class discussion and reflection;
  • analyze the ways in which environment and community intersect, through site visits;
  • engage in a real-world, if brief, intentional community with their cohort;
  • present their SRSC research in a professional manner, at a closing on-campus symposium.



  • Member of the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities Cohort
  • Must be 18 years of age or older, regardless of parental consent
  • Ability to complete course requirements
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Approval of Judicial Affairs (if currently under any sanction)
  • Permission of instructor
  • Complete Study Away application (coming Spring 2014)


Program Design

  • Course activity will occur during the Spring 2014 second bi-term.
  • Course will conclude with a Study Away component in Kentucky from May 2014.


Logistical Considerations

  • The group will be transported together from Bowling Green to Hamilton Valley and Bernheim.
  • If you drive to Bowling Green, your car may be parked in a WKU lot for the days the course is away from Bowling Green.

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Program Package


  • 3-credit hour tuition
  • meals while on-site
  • group ground transportation
  • accommodations
  • admission fees

Not included in program fee

  • personal spending money

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements. 


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See application below


  • ICSR 590

Program Leaders


  • Bowling Green
  • Hamilton Valley
  • Mammoth Cave


  • Spring 2015 - online
  • May 2015 - Study Away 


  • $tbd


  • Syllabus (coming soon)


  • Application - PDF (coming soon)
  • Application - Word (coming soon)
  • Please complete this application and return via email to  

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