Sustainability and Natural Resource Management
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
Area of Study
Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Development
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
General Course Description
This course introduces students to the theory, principles and practices of sustainability. Class topics will include: ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, and ensuring social justice. Achieving sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary approach that balances economic prosperity while providing equitable opportunities for all socio-economic classes and protects the viability of the planet’s ecosystem.
- Understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems.
- Identify the major roadblocks preventing the creation of a sustainable society.
- Understand and apply the economics of population growth, poverty and income distribution, market failures, economic valuation, economic incentive instruments, food and water resources, international agricultural markets, fisheries, and wildlife conservation.
- Evaluate environmental ethics of game and wildlife management, natural resource use, water management, biological diversity, fisheries, ocean protection, and agricultural production.
- Leverage scientific research, communication, and modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and systems dynamics modeling.
- Strategically examine issues related to climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that affect natural resources.
Speth, James Gustave. 2009. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. New Haven and London: Yale UP.
Orr, David W. 2011. Hope Is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr. Washington, Covelo and London: Island Press.
Meadows, Donella H. 2009. Thinking in Systems: A Primer. London and Sterling: Earthscan.
- To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and 75% of class attendance.
- The student cannot be absent on up to 25% of classes. In case of injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him/her. When the student returns to class, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.
- Possibility of dropping or adding classes: Please note that courses are determiend prior to the student's arrival on-site.