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Global Sustainability & Health Seminar

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
You should participate in this seminar if you are interested in learning more about the diverse and dynamic issues related to climate change, sustainability, human health, and the global environment; enjoy discussion-based learning; and would like to engage with your peers in a unique classroom environment.
Discusses the causes, consequences, and implications of key global environmental challenges that we are facing and that are likely to become more challenging over time. Addresses how land use (e.g., patterns of urban growth and suburban sprawl), energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth are causing climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity losses, species extinctions, and other resource depletion, and how all this is in turn is a threat to human health as individuals, in communities, and globally. Focuses on discussion and not lectures and will utilize a mix of movies, guest discussants, and student-directed discussions.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define the aspects of land use, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth that contribute to environmental degradation
  2. Analyze how peak petroleum (AKA "after peak oil"), political obstacles, economic interests, and federal indebtedness influence how we address these issues
  3. Define how the "drivers" in #1 above cause climate change, ecosystem degradation, species losses, biodiversity losses, and other resource depletions
  4. Begin to develop an analytic framework for how we should address these issues to prevent the major health risks they present
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 80% Participation
  • 20% Reflection
Special Comments

This is the onsite section of a course also held virtually/online. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.