ENVIRON 207 - Sustainability and Society
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts of sustainability, starting with definitions, interpretations, and practices pursued by different groups to achieve sustainability. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to develop more effective approaches to the complex issues of sustainability we face now and in the future from the perspective of the present and future stewardship of global systems. Students will learn how science can be integrated with policy and the humanities to achieve important sustainability goals, including reduced carbon emissions, diverse and robust ecosystems, reduced consumption and waste production, improved quality of life, and sustainable cities. Through a concentrated study of this emerging sphere we call sustainability, students will learn to articulate the relationships among observed phenomena, the principles and policies those observations can inform, particularly how best to integrate technology, education, and policy to best meet identified goals. By doing so, students will learn how to place individual and collective behavior in a context that better allows for consumption patterns that best promote sustainability.

Course Requirements:

Mid-term and non-cumulative final exam (33% each), two 5-page papers (20%), and class attendance and participation that demonstrate familiarity with the assigned readings for each class (14%).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates considering whether to pursue a major in Environmental Studies

Class Format:

Learning Mode: As a DC (Distance due to COVID) Lecture, all aspects of this Lecture section (001) will be fully compatible with remote online learning for the Fall 2021 term*.

*Please Note: It is still to be determined if Discussion sections 002, 003, and 004 will be offered as In-Person Only or Online Only sections.

Instruction Mode: The Lecture section (001) will meet synchronously twice per week. Each Discussion section will meet once per week.


ENVIRON 207 - Sustainability and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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