Feb 03, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023
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HOD-843 Ecological Studies

4 semester credits
This course reflects upon a central challenge of our times - the large scale human impact on the natural environment.  The degradation of the natural environment is systemic and global and, as some scholars have argued, dire for all of humanity.  As the environmental philosopher Wendell Berry has written, “The time has now come where we will listen to the earth or die.  We must follow the guidance of the ecological systems upon which all life depends.”  Written in the 1990s, these words press us with a moral imperative: One must help to create a new story, out of which we guide and inspire our future.  This course turns to the literature and current knowledge in order to pursue a greater understanding of how human beings through organizations and systems can respond to this urgent challenge.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):
  • Critically analyze and construct scholarly arguments relevant to the subject matter, demonstrating a nuanced understanding of multiple and divergent scholarly perspectives and intellectual traditions.
  • Understand the political, social, economic, and cultural approaches to the environment in national, regional, and global contexts.
  • Develop an awareness of how structural and economic inequality undermine efforts to improve the environment.
  • Analyze various real world responses to promote better practice in managing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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