Global Environmental Crisis
Knowledge-Values Courses: Social Science
This course provides students with a general exploration and analysis of the biophysical, cultural, and socio-political roots of our global environmental crisis. Emphasis is placed on the three core issues driving most of the earth’s ecological problems today: human population growth, resource consumption, and energy use/climate change. Moreover, the course also highlights how development and globalization processes contribute to a range of socio-environmental problems for impoverished, underdeveloped nations in the periphery. Overall, the readings, films, lectures, and discussion challenge students to become more environmentally informed and critical thinkers about the planet they inhabit, its current trends, and what can be done to create a more socially just and sustainable future.