What are the implications of our shopping choices, and how can we use our power as consumers, as community members, and as business leaders to bring about a more equitable and sustainable world? Through the lens of something we all buy and use — clothing — this course will examine the relationship between culture, consumerism, business, and sustainability. Specifically, what are the implications of the global fashion system in terms of the environment, poverty, and sustainable development, and how could we change this trajectory? INSTRUCTOR: Ariel Kraten’s career in textile sustainability grew out of her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she learned first-hand how nuanced and complicated economic development really is, and where she, along with her community, faced erratic access to clean water. She now has over eight years of experience consulting on sustainability with major European and American apparel companies such as H&M, G-Star Raw, Esprit, Primark, and Inditex (Zara). She holds an MS in NGO Leadership/Leadership for Social Change.
Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA
Instructor Approval: Not required
Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply
Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks