Creating a Sustainable Society
Standard letter grades
Total contact hours
SUS 101 or SUS 102 or SUS 103.
Empowers students to act, both individually and collectively, to strive to create a more sustainable world. Specific topics include climate change, air and water pollution, natural resource use, and food and agriculture issues. Approaches sustainability using a multi-disciplinary and systems-thinking approach, with a priority placed on the implementation of actionable solutions.
Course learning outcomes
1. Sustainability outcome: Analyze the major environmental, social, and economic challenges and potential solutions of our time using a multi-disciplinary and systems thinking approach.
2. Sustainability outcome: Apply principles of sustainability to the development of personal values and professional goals.
3. Analyze all stakeholders concerned with a particular issue concerning sustainability.
4. Create sustainable solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems based on peer-reviewed research.
5. Evaluate visual media for accuracy, validity and possible biases.
- Review of sustainability definitions and topics.
- Sustainability ethics, rationale for caring.
- Overview of organizations involved in sustainability work (global, national, local).
- Library research methods.
- Mapping, cartographic methods.
- Tragedy of the commons, problems and solutions.
- Sustainable societal design, problems and solutions.
- Water scarcity and conservation, problems and solutions.
- Food security and sustainability, problems and solutions.
- Writing a persuasive letter, making a persuasive argument.
- Final written and oral student presentations.
All required course readings will be provided.
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