GEOG 150 Thinking Sustainably [GEGA]
This course will provide students with a comprehensive and broad-based introduction to the world of sustainability by exploring its origins, philosophy, proponents and detractors, and its wide-reaching applications according to the valuation system of the "triple bottom line," which takes into account environmental, economic, and social equity factors when providing a measure of success.
Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Fall, Winter, and Summer
Other Restrictions -
Restriction by Major -
Restriction by Class - Undergraduate standing
Rationale for Perspectives on a Diverse World - We live in a world today that shows us with ever-growing frequency, that it is no longer an option for conscientious people to remain ignorant of the fact that all life on this planet is interconnected. From the heights of advanced technology to the ecosystems of underwater plant life, the actions of one entity affect many others and nowhere are these connections more evident than in the area of sustainability. GEOG 150 - Thinking Sustainably satisfies the Global Awareness category of the General Education program. This course will provide students with an accessible and informative introduction to the world of sustainability as described through its philosophy and origins, its practitioners and naysayers, and through its many varied applications as both a field of study and an area for entrepreneurship. Students will be exposed to topics and themes that will form a complete introductory outline of sustainability; the study of the causes, effects, and remedies for the issues we face today as a global culture in relation to our environmental footprint and dwindling natural resources, our societal well-being and ability (and also willingness) to take care of the least among us, and our ability to prosper in the future and our failure to do so in the past as measured by the "triple bottom line" evaluation method. The "triple bottom line" benchmark for assessing the relative success of any of the decisions we make is one that takes into account not only the potential economic benefits or pitfalls but also measures the environmental and social equity aspects of the equation. Students will also be encouraged to link sustainable principles and practices to their personal areas of interest, as sustainability can be practiced in some way in almost all disciplines.
Keywords: Global Awareness (GEGA) , geography
Updates: Course Rotation added 12/2014; Change to title 1/2013, effective Summer 2013; Approved for GEGA 7/2013, effective Fall 2013
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