SPECIAL TOPIC COURSES
Global Environmental Change
There is currently a sweeping realization of the importance of the environment to the human condition. Before this watershed, environmental issues were seen as local or regional concerns, extraneous to economic growth, matters of health, aesthetics, and perhaps ethics. Presently, the environment has assumed a global dimension, and beginning to be seen as intrinsic to economic growth or decline, and to be recognized as significant determinants of nations’ prosperity, governability, and security. This course will analyze these global changes through specific environmental impact factors such as: technology and risks, population growth, consumption, environmental policies, climate change, the greening of trade, or trading off the environment, food and hunger, waste minimization, saving of raw materials, and energy conservation. There are no pre-requisites, and the course is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Sustainability in the 21st Century
This course will seek to analyze the emergence of a post materialistic society and how far the associated wave of green consciousness among consumers, industrialists, scientists, and politicians can take us toward a solution. The connecting themes running through the entire course will be the identification of factors affecting the overall state of the environment, environmental leadership, the greening of different sectors of society, and future scenarios of environmental policy-making. There are no pre-requisites, and the course is open to all FAMU students.