Civil Society and the Environment OpenCourseWare: MIT's Graduate Level Environmental Governance Free Online Course

Published Jan 26, 2009

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Examine national, international and local government citizen involvement in 'Civil Society and the Environment.' This OpenCourseWare, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), highlights community participation in non-profit and social movement organizations and their effect on environmental policy and planning. Students who work in similar organizations or those interested in NGO (non-governmental organization), non-profit or social movement group policies may find this course informative.

Civil Society and the Environment: Course Specifics:

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Civil Society and the Environment: Course Description

Explore relationships between non-governmental organizations (NGO), government groups and corporations in this free online seminar offered by MIT and taught by Professor JoAnn Carmin. The class content focuses on the validity and responsibility of NGOs. NGO case studies of and community feedback on environmental issues demonstrates theoretical issues and the influences NGOs and the community have on environmental planning and policy. Additional, case study work focuses on international and domestic issues in order to use particular examples to link theory and practice. During the class, students assess the functions and effects of different types of organizations.

This free online course includes a complete reading list and preliminary lecture notes. If you'd like to learn about various aspects involving 'Civil Society and the Environment', visit the urban studies and planning course page.