Sustainability Technology Law & Policy

This course will introduce students to the role of technology in enabling sustainability and the law and policy that govern the technologies. The course will emphasize the interplay between technology, sustainability, and the law, and the underlying policy implications. One of the most common sustainability definitions is from The Brundtland Commission (1987): “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This cuts across almost all human endeavors and is applicable to the various disciplines that impact sustainability. Topics include sustainability frameworks, the relationships between technology & sustainability, and the different technologies that enable sustainability including energy technologies, biotechnologies, nano technologies and carbon trading systems, to name a few. The legal approaches & regulatory environment surrounding the application and consequence of technologies will be examined. Ethics, innovation, and implications for society will be emphasized.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM