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In this podcast mini-series, staff and students from the School for Cross-faculty Studies delve into some of the critical global challenges facing today's world. Each episode tackles a particular one of these challenges but selects an interdisciplinary lens through which to tackle this problem.

Episode 3 - Apocalypse, Now?

11:26, Tue 11 Dec 2018

The end of the world as we know it? Apocalyptic language and visions seem to surround us on daily basis, from AI to Zombies. Why are we fascinated with such ideas? And how can interdisciplinary approaches help to design solutions in the event of a partial, or total, collapse of global civilisation. Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper (Deputy Head of School and Director of Student Experience, Liberal Arts) and Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (Senior Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development) discuss.

(MP3 format, 22 MB)


Episode 2 - Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean

10:59, Tue 11 Dec 2018

How has the Caribbean and Latin America made a unique contribution to the development of universal human rights? Students on the GSD module "Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean" join Dr Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla (Global Sustainable Development) to discuss rights violations from the Cold War to the present day. Are human rights bankrupt? Or can they play a core role in achieving sustainable development?

(MP3 format, 34 MB)


Episode 1 - Sustainability: Origins, Education, and Solutions

10:37, Tue 11 Dec 2018

Is sustainability really a new idea? What do we mean by education for sustainable development? And how can we create a more sustainable world for all? Dr Bryan Brazeau (Senior Teaching Fellow, Liberal Arts) and Dr Alastair Smith (Senior Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development) discuss the origins of the sustainability discourse, tracing its surprising history through to our current understanding of sustainable development.

(MP3 format, 28 MB)