This course focuses on fundamental sustainability crises confronting humankind in the face of climate change, peak oil, resource depletion, species extinction, and societal collapse. Areas covered include social-structural conditions driving ecological overshoot; human threats to natural systems; population and Earth's carrying capacity; globalization, poverty and failing states; environmentally-based national and transnational conflicts; emerging pathogens and diseases; systems analysis of societal complexity and systemic breakdown. Prerequisite(s): A passing score on the college's writing and reading placement tests or, C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091, or ENG 092. Three lecture hours per week. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Ethical Dimensions and Global and Historic Awareness.
1. Identify key issues, concepts, theories and language associated with socio-ecology and sustainability issues. 2. Analyze the ways in which societal structures and social forces shape ecological and sustainability discourse and practices. 3. Develop an appreciation for, and a continuing interest and participation in, ecological issues and the stabilization of a healthy planet.