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Global Sustainability & Health Seminar

East Baltimore
2nd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Hannah Marker

You should participate in this seminar if you are interested in learning more about the diverse and dynamic issues related to climate change, sustainability, human health, and the global environment; enjoy discussion-based learning; and would like to engage with your peers in a unique classroom environment.

Discusses the causes, consequences, and implications of key global environmental challenges that we are facing and that are likely to become more challenging over time. 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Participation
  • 20% Reflection

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is the virtual section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.