Nvironmental Literacy and Sustainability
Examine the intellectual historyand current status of the concept of sustainability, examine the main aspects of envvironmental, erconomic and social sustainability, explore potential applications of various sustainability narratives in solving problems of global unsustainable development, and consider how these theories and practices can inform our own areas of special interest in sustainability education.
Resourses: Odum, E.P. and Barrett, GW (2005) Fundamentals of ecology,5th edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole highly recommended
Edwards, A>R> (2005) The sustainability revolution: Portrait of a paradigm shift. Gabriola Island, B>C>: New Society Publishers.required (Can mail this to you if needed)
Golley, F>B> (1998) A primer for environmental literacy. New Haven, CT: Yale Universoty Press. required (can mail this to you if needed)
Allen, T.F.H., Tainter, J.A.and Hoekstra.T.W. (2003) Supply-side sustainability. New York, NY: Columbia University Press-required
Objectives: To develop and /or enhance an understanding of the fundamentals of biophysical ecology (the study of the earth household).
To explore such specific concepts as ecosystem, ecosystem energetics, biogeochemical cysles, limiting factors, population dynamics, biological diversity and systems ecology and their relevance to sustainability education.
To appreciate the past and present impacts of human activities on biophysical ecosystems and the limits to sustainable human use of the planet.
Final paper due date is Ocober 1, 2007