The Hudson County Community College, our partner in Community Sustainability Curriculum development, is making this 15 week course available as a non-credit bearing Continuing Education course, with a flat tuition fee of $400.
The course runs Mondays from 9am to 11:45am. HCCC's Fall Semester begins Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
For admission information and further course details, contact Karen O'Malley-Kostner.
This course gives students a clear understanding of issues such as: air and water pollution, biodiversity, endangered species, habitat conservation, ethics, human population, environmental economics and policy. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach, grounded in the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities, to explore environmental issues. Using a case study-based methodology, students will be shown how to interpret the causes and consequences of environmental problems as they relate to social-ecological systems.
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary thinking about the relationships between humans and their environments, and it seeks to explore the problems and possibilities that emerge from these relationships. Students will also learn the importance of natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity; evaluate and discuss the effectiveness of environmental policies, and identify energy resources and approaches to waste management.
Upon successful course completion, students will:
1. Define the term environment and the field of environmental studies.
2. Recognize the importance of natural resources and ecosystems.
3. Differentiate among the different types of energy, and the basis of energy flow.
4. Describe how living and non-living entities interact in ecosystems.
5. Describe ways in which evolution, natural selection, and mass extinction influences biodiversity.
6. Differentiate between the concepts of economic growth, economic health, and sustainability.
7. Identify major environmental hazards, and evaluate the ethics, effectiveness and goals of environmental policies.
8. Differentiate traditional, industrial and sustainable agriculture approaches and evaluate the use of genetically modified food.
9. Compare and contrast environmental risk assessment and risk management.
10. Explain the importance of water to people and ecosystems and describe the major classes of water pollution.
11. Describe the effects of weather and climate on atmospheric conditions and factors influencing global climate.