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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 1 credits
Contact: Cindy Parker
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Students and faculty discuss the causes, consequences, and implications of key global environmental challenges that we are facing and that are likely to become more challenging over time. Specifically 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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define the aspects of land use, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth that contribute to environmental degradation
Analyze how peak petroleum (AKA "after peak oil"), political obstacles, economic interests, and federal indebtedness influence how we address these issues
Define how the "drivers" in #1 above cause climate change, ecosystem degradation, species losses, biodiversity losses, and other resource depletions
Begin to develop an analytic framework for how we should address these issues to prevent the major health risks they present

Methods of Assessment: Based on attendance and participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 12:00 - 1:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Global Environment and Public Health, 180.611.01

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail