Global Sustainability | Foundation Course: Global Sustainability
This integrated and interdisciplinary course prepares students to understand, innovate and lead efforts to confront these issues. It provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted aspects of both problems and solutions, and challenges participants to deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues by planning a real-world, sustainability project
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GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY COURSE

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The search for new social, spatial and technological systems that do not require undue and increasing amounts of finite resources is known as “sustainability.” Over the past 50 years, Earth’s human population has doubled, to 6.8 billion people, and is projected to increase to 9.2 billion by 2050. When multiplied by a growing per-capita rate of consumption, the resulting effect is an accelerated depletion of natural resources, loss of natural capital, worldwide water and energy shortages, pressure on global food supplies, loss of precious biodiversity, increasing global health challenges and social upheaval. These issues threaten human well-being and the Earth’s ecosystems.

This integrated and interdisciplinary course prepares students to understand, innovate and lead efforts to confront these issues. It provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted aspects of both problems and solutions, and challenges participants to deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues by planning a real-world, sustainability project.

The Big Picture

  • What is Sustainability + Why Does It Matter?
  • State of the Planet + Humanity
  • Designing a Better Future

 

Methods

  • Systems Thinking
  • Digital Simulations
  • Design Thinking
  • Community Engagement
  • Activism + Leadership

 

Ethics

  • Ethics + World Views
  • Environmental Justice

 

Environment

  • Climate Change
  • Ocean Health
  • Urbanization
  • Architecture

 

Economy + Policy

  • Limits to Growth
  • Environmental Economics