Spring 2014 Sustainability Studies Courses
For Research and Communication Requirement
SUST 1100 Enhancing Campus Sustainability (3 credits)
M 5:30–8:30 (whole semester)
Instructor: David A. Wilson
Students will learn principles of sustainability and then use the Webster Groves campus of Webster University and the surrounding community as their laboratory to analyze opportunities to improve environmental practices relating to energy, water, air, and/or materials use. Working in teams, they will select specific areas of campus sustainability to research and analyze; each team will then develop a proposal making recommendations to improve sustainability in that area.
JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications (3 credits)
Instructor: Don Corrigan
In this course students learn how journalists, advocacy group spokespersons, and public relations officials communicate on environmental issues. The course provides future environmental reporters with a sensitivity to the language of hazard and risk, as well as technical and quantitative knowledge about environmental issues. For future public information professionals involved with environmental issues, the course will provide insight on how the media reports on the environment. This is a writing course, and students can be expected to research and write on an array of local and national environmental concerns. Prerequisites: JOUR 1030, sophomore standing, SCIN 1520, OR permission of instructor.
For Science and Sustainability Requirement
SCIN 1520 and 1521: Environment and Environment Lab (4 credits total)
Instructor: Jeff DePew
Concerns problems of the world ecosystems. Includes the nature of ecosystems, pesticides, water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, nonrenewable natural resources, energy, nuclear power, radioactivity, agriculture, human food supply, and environmental health. Laboratory required. SCIN 1520 and SCIN 1521 must be taken concurrently.
For Social Science and Sustainability Requirement
EDUC 4250 Economics and Geography for Global Sustainability (4 credits)
Instructor: Thomas Zinselmeyer
W 5:30-9:30 (full semester)
This course is designed to provide elementary, middle and secondary educators the information they need to understand and be able to teach the fundamentals of economics, geography and global sustainability. Economic content includes: economic systems, concepts, and institutions; economic change over time; modern global economics; and the relationship between producers, consumers, and the government. Geography content includes: Physical geography skills (apply and use geographic representations, tools, and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs, globes, etc.), and concepts; locales, regions, nations, and the world relative to location, size, climate, and geology; and how individuals and groups are affected by events on an international and global scale. Sustainability concepts and skills will be integrated throughout the course with emphasis on current environmental and social equity issues as well as systems thinking. Students will explore the interconnectedness of people, profit and planet.
For Arts and Humanities and Sustainability Requirement
PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
The food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the modes of transportation we use affect our relationships with the environment in various ways. This course will examine human relationships with nature and animals while considering the philosophical concepts of rights, responsibilities, care, empathy, and freedom. We will explore topics such as population growth, corporate responsibility, food production and consumption, and environmental activism. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality inform and shape our environmental choices.