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Global Sustainability & Health Seminar

East Baltimore
2nd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
1 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor :
Cindy Parker

Global Environment and Public Health, 180.611.01


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the aspects of land use, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth that contribute to environmental degradation
  2. Analyze how peak petroleum (AKA "after peak oil"), political obstacles, economic interests, and federal indebtedness influence how we address these issues
  3. Define how the "drivers" in #1 above cause climate change, ecosystem degradation, species losses, biodiversity losses, and other resource depletions
  4. 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.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required