Contemporary Environmental Issues

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Environmental Issues

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    An introduction to contemporary environmental issues; a study of the relationship between humans and the environment, based on an analysis of case studies and with emphasis on sustainable solutions. Selected environmental topics of relevance to modern societies are discussed.

    RATIONALE: 
    Contemporary Environmental Issues is a science course that is designed for students with little or no background in natural sciences and aims at giving them an understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment and of major environmental challenges today. Students receive an overview of the global environmental picture, understand the complex nature of environmental problems, and learn what they can do to contribute to a more sustainable future. The course examines different environmental topics using a case study approach. It helps create wellinformed citizens in today’s rapidly changing world.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how natural systems work and how humans interact with them.
    2. Describe the global environmental picture, outlining major environmental problems and their causes, natural or anthropogenic.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific nature of environmental problems such as climate change, air and water pollution, energy issues and environmental hazards and of the importance of science in studying and addressing these problems.
    4. Explain the concept of sustainability and its different dimensions (ecological, social, economic), as well as the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for environmental problem solving.
    5. Evaluate approaches to address different environmental problems and discuss steps and measures that governments and individuals can take to contribute to a more sustainable future.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Class lectures, interactive learning (class discussions, group work), video presentations, and practical problems solved in class.
    • Exercises and primary source documents are assigned as homework and are discussed and reviewed in class
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture/lab material.
    • Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, web links as well as additional resources.