Course Description

The ExCollege offers small, participation-based courses that engage Tufts undergraduates in ideas shaping the world today. The Experimental College is dedicated to innovation and collaborative learning and teaching. Students are exposed to subjects and teachers beyond traditional classrooms and discover possibilities they never could have imagined. Click on the session for a course description.


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Section Title
6:00PM to 8:30PM
Sep 09, 2019 to Dec 09, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Medford/Somerville Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

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

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