2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GPS 0106 - Envir., Substain. & Society

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to human environment relationships and the scientific, literary, and philosophical foundations of environmental thought and sustainability science.  The course involves the exploration of major currents in environmental thought, in their changing geographical and historical contexts, in order to better understand the application of sustainability science to major environmental concerns including population and scarcity, urbanization, food systems, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, water resources, pollution, energy issues and climate change, among others.  Special attention is given to the specific social, cultural, political, economic and eco-regional contexts which condition environmental problem solving and sustainability science’s contributions to public discourse.   The complexity and coevolution of human and environmental systems, and the ethical tensions that characterize the search for sustainable solutions at diverse scales are also emphasized.

(Formerly GARP 0106)