“Sustainability” implies both environmental and societal goals and actions. Some global issues are being addressed through multinational cooperation, but governments, businesses, and civil society are tackling many issues locally. This course, in Denmark in May, examines programs being undertaken by local leaders to address problems in their communities. Denmark is a world leader in wind turbine technology, but also has a very competitive agricultural sector of its economy. Danes are very conscious of sustainable industries and reducing their carbon footprints. Our days will be a blend of discussions and guest lectures, with many field trips to progressive corporations, social enterprises, NGO offices, historic sites, etc. Much of our transportation in Copenhagen will be by bicycle, so confidence in riding a bike is important.
The course takes place mostly in Copenhagen, Denmark with one night in nearby Samso and some other excursions.
This 3-credit Global Commerce Immersion course (COMM 4569) is open to undergraduates in all years. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward the Management concentration, the Global Commerce Track, or as a Commerce elective. It also counts toward the Global Sustainability major and minor.
Course objectives include:
1. To learn about global issues and local solutions concerning the sustainability of various environmental resources and social systems.
2. To learn how sustainable lifestyles are being adopted by citizens of France and Denmark
3. To propose ways to transfer some of the ideas learned to local communities in the US or the student’s home country.
2020 Summer: Sustainable Practices in Denmark Itinerary (tentative)
Kerrie Carfagno | email@example.com
Kerrie Carfagno is an Assistant Professor in the McIntire School of Commerce and teaches management communication, with an emphasis on communication skills in relation to leadership, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Professor Carfagno’s professional experience includes more than a decade of management roles in the telecommunications industry—mostly in start-up entrepreneurial environments.
Brad Brown is a member of the faculty at the McIntire School of Commerce. He also participates in the Global Development Studies major and the Global Sustainability major and minor. Mr. Brown has taught in international programs in England, Finland, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. He has led over thirty student short courses abroad in Europe, Central America, and Asia. Mr. Brown's teaching and research interests are in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, and strategic management. He has written numerous case studies for classroom use, and has published numerous journal articles, cases, and book chapters.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will stay in nice hostels in Copenhagen and in Samso. Students will generally be assigned to 4-person rooms in with en-suite bathrooms in the Copenhagen hostel. Breakfast is provided each day and many lunches and dinners are also included in the program fee.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. NOTE: This program will include a number of excursions during which the group will be riding bikes for several miles, and sometimes on city roads. For their safety and enjoyment of the program, students should be aware of this component when committing to participate. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult the immigration websites for each country for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
Health and Safety Information
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