Western Kentucky University

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Sustainability Symposium

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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. 


Planned Schedule  (tentative)

May 16

Bowling Green
WKU Commencement

May 17

Drive to Hamilton Valley

May 18

 Hamilton Valley

May 19

 Hamilton Valley

May 20

Drive to Bernheim Forest

May 21

 Bernheim Forest

May 22

Return to Bowling Green

 May 23

Group Dinner

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See application below


  • ICSR 590

Program Leaders


  • Bowling Green KY
  • Hamilton Valley, KY
  • Bernheim Forest, KY


  • Spring 2014 - Bi-Term
  • May 2014


  • $TBD (included in Spring tuition)


  • Syllabus (coming soon)


  • Application (coming soon)
    Please complete this application and return via email to study.away@wku.edu  

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