Global Sustainability & Health Seminar
Environmental Health and Engineering
2023 - 2024
Thursday, 12:00 - 1:20pm
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 ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Succinctly describe, convey, and argue complex concepts and ideas
- Critically analyze environmentally- and sustainability-related topics, policies, and research
- Identify solutions to pressing climate-change-, environment-, and sustainability-related problems
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 80% Participation
- 20% Reflection
Students are encouraged to take BOTH the Term 2 and Term 4 offerings of this course. This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.