By Sarah Baulac, Academic Initiatives Working Group Intern
Part of my work as the AIWG intern is to update the sustainability course listings on the IUOS website. This list is a compilation of courses across campus related to or focused on sustainability. It serves as a tool to help students gain a quality sustainability education.
- Sustainability focused: courses’ concentration is the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examines an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. Sustainability is a consistent thread throughout each course component and most assignments are designed to help students develop a better understanding of sustainability and sustainable development.
- Sustainability related: courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.
Classes on this list come from entities such as the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Department of Geological Sciences, and even the Department of Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Design. The wide range of departments offering courses in sustainability illustrates how sustainability can be interwoven into many different aspects of life and study.
An interesting example of the far-reaching prongs of sustainability is the Religion, Ethics, and Environment class (REL-D 350). Discussion in the class will range from the instrumental and intrinsic value of nature to obligations to future populations. This class, offered in Fall 2013, will be taught by Lisa Sideris. Sideris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. Her background includes religion and nature, environmental ethics, and many more related topics. The class will meet on Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:15pm in Ballantine Hall Room 345.
It’s not too late to incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle, including your education. In my opinion, living sustainably is more than making daily choices like biking to work or using a refillable water bottle. It’s about being educated about and understanding the implications of these choices and the connectivity of everything around us.
More classes like Religion, Ethics, and the Environment can be found here.
If you know of any classes that should be considered for the sustainability course list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.