2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Dec 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENVS 180 Seminar in Sustainability (2 credits)



Course Description
This seminar is an interdisciplinary approach to studying sustainability led by faculty from diverse disciplines. The course will examine and explore the three core dimensions of sustainability (environment, economy, and society) with respect to one or more major sustainability-related issues. Students will complete assigned readings and participate in weekly seminars. Throughout the quarter, students may be required to participate in various sustainability-related activities: watching films and online lectures, listening to speakers, attending field trips, and other events. The course will be presented with a different focus each time and may be taken twice.

Student Outcomes
1. Students will explain what sustainability is and how the concept relates to environmental, social, political, and economic factors.
2. Students will identify different important issues related to sustainability, such as resource depletion, resource conflict, pollution, consumerism, health, food systems, and energy systems.
3. Students will engage in analytical and systems thinking to discuss and explain the key factors affecting specific sustainability-related issues.
4. Students will reflect on how different aspects of sustainability relate to their daily lives and experience.
5. Students will reflect on how different aspects of sustainability relate to the well-being of communities at the local, national, and global scale.
6. Students will articulate ways in which individual and community action can play a role in creating sustainable systems.
7. Students will reflect on their own personal role in creating and participating in sustainable practices.



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