Dec 01, 2020  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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CAS 1415 - Introduction to Sustainability

This multi-disciplinary course introduces students to sustainability concepts, issues, and trends from the local to the global levels. Students will investigate the interrelationships between biophysical limits, human welfare, and social justice by analyzing several major sustainability problems of the 21st century. Team-taught by professors from diverse academic fields, the course equips students with the foundational knowledge to explore the social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene Epoch.

Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define and discuss sustainability concepts and current worldwide trends.
  • Discuss individual, local, national, and global sustainability opportunities and solutions.
  • Discuss the role of sustainability at Ohio University and provide examples of specific campus sustainability initiatives and opportunities.
  • Explain and apply the concept of planetary boundaries to contemporary sustainability challenges.
  • Identify and discuss several major sustainability challenges of the 21st century and the associated impacts on society, the economy, and the environment.
  • Integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives to analyze the interrelationships between planetary boundaries, human welfare, and social justice.

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