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COURSE NUMBER: ENVS 200
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Sustainability
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Joanne Moyer
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions. Students will trace the history of sustainable development and explore how humans can take action to reverse harm and improve sustainability. Particular attention will focus upon sustainability in Edmonton.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • All readings are posted on Moodle. A course pack containing articles and books chapters is available by request through The King’s University bookstore.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation 10%
Field Trip Scrapbook10%
Media Portfolio20%
Topic Briefing25%
Participation10%
Take Home Examination 25%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To examine the development of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through an interdisciplinary lens.
  • To develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills.
  • To explore sustainability in Edmonton.
  • To introduce the Environmental Studies program at the The King’s University.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Course Introduction, Reconciliation in the Watershed,
  • Setting the Sustainability Scene
    • Guests: Harry Spaling, ENVS; Nancy Burford, ENVS 
  • Media, Academic Writing
    • Guest: Shannon D’Agnone, Instructional Librarian
  • Biblical and Philosophical Perspectives
  • Sep. 29: Field Trip – Riverwatch Rafting (8:30-3:30)
  • Conservation and Preservation Movements
    • Guest: Henry Schuurman, Philosophy
  • Aldo Leopold, Ethics, and Ecology 
    • Guest: Darcy Visscher, Biology
  • Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement 
    • Guest: Kris Ooms, Chemistry
  • Sustainable Development
    • Guest: Elden Wiebe, Business
  • The Canadian Story
    • Nov 13: Field Trip – Mill Creek Ravine Hike (11:00-1:00) with Will van Arragon, History
  • Indigenous and International Perspectives: 
    • Guest: Heather Looy, Psychology
  • 21st Century Perspectives
    • Guests: Rob Van Weerden, Facilities 
  • Imagining a Sustainable Future
    • Dec 2: Field Trip – Westmount Presbyterian Church


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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