Jun 30th 2015

Sustainability, Resilience, and Society (edX)

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This course introduces the complex, but critical, concepts of sustainability and resilience and examines your impact on our environment.

What is sustainability, and how are we active participants in it? How does our individual ‘ecological footprint’ matter among the billions of humans’ footprints on earth? How are we alike and different in our impacts, depending on where we live; and how does civic and governmental attitude impact sustainability and resilience in the future? These questions will be explored on a global, local and personal level in this introductory course. Students will compare and contrast case studies from suburban Seattle to rural, mountainous China and consider their own significant impacts on ecology.

Together, we will go over the concepts of sustainability and resilience, and analyze your impact on our environment. For a global perspective, we will go over a case study of societal impacts. Our emphasis will be on translating theory to individual impact and comprehension.

No previous knowledge is needed. We welcome your voice and look forward to your participation!

What you'll learn:

- To describe how science and the political realm interact to shape our views of sustainability.

- To apply critical thinking to evaluate and participate in dialogue that influences our environmental practice.

- To apply newly discovered self-knowledge about personal environmental impact to their place in a global community.

- To analyze a video case study of ecological impacts in China to make inferences about their own communities.