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GEOG 103 Introduction to Environmental & Sustainable Studies

3 s.h.

This course is built on the principle that the social sciences - both as a body of knowledge and as the basis for structuring human societal norms and behaviors - must be applied to assess and to address the direct and indirect influences of human activities on the integrity of the Earth's natural systems. The course examines the interactions between environmental and social processes from the perspective of sustainability, introducing the students to theory on sustainability, the origins of such thinking, the requirements of such a design, and how 'local' regional and international bodies are pursuing sustainability as a solution to the vast array of environmental, economic, and social injustices throughout the world. Additionally, students will gain insight into how sustainability efforts are playing out in communities and cities across the world, and the challenges encountered in such efforts. In this way, students will learn the theoretical foundation of sustainability, the social and environmental processes at play, and how efforts to create sustainable communities and/or develop sustainably are playing out 'on the ground'. (LA, S2)

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