*Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

In this course, we will use the fundamental concepts of sustainability and resilience to evaluate the ways that humans have altered the environment in historical and contemporary contexts.  In particular we will seek to develop a view of mutually beneficial human/environmental interaction and explore human practices from the perspective of mutual environmental benefit.

Intended Outcomes

As a part of this course, you will produce work in which you will acquire knowledge and practice skills that contribute to developing proficiency in

  • evaluating the assumptions and arguments embedded in expressions of thought and use that knowledge to creatively and systematically solve problems utilizing appropriate principles and methods from a variety of disciplines. Critical thinkers and problem solvers can predict possible results of potential actions, evaluate possible solutions in an ethical framework and successfully plan and execute a solution. (Critical Thinking/Problem Solving)

  • articulating, within the framework of a Christian worldview, an understanding of civic engagement, ethics and stewardship and the influence of responsible citizenship on community, the nation and the world. (Civics, Ethics, & Stewardship)

  • evaluating developments in science, technology and health on the basis of elementary principles, good scientific practices, and the proper interpretation of mathematical models and statistics. (Science & Technology)

  • interpreting and contextualizing current events in light of historical, geographical, sociological, economic, and political contexts. (Global Perspective)

Learning Objectives

Upon Successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Identify his/her place in the world by answering the question: What role do I, as both an individual and as part of the human species, play in the ecological community both in terms of interdependence and influence.
  • Analyze the ways in which humans actively shape the world by answering the question: In what ways have humans shaped the ecosystem, both positively and negatively, in both historical and contemporary cases.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in conducting scientific inquiry by collecting and quantifying data and analyzing and interpreting it in the context of ecological principles.

Learning Activities and Points

Reflective Discussions on reading assignments (25 pts x 6)
Hands-on Activities - 25 pts each

  • Waste stream activity
  • Field Observations (x 2)
  • Greenhouse Gas Activity
  • Field Sampling

Reflective Learning Logs (25 pts x 5)
Final Exam 100 pts

Total = 500 pts


If you need assistance with a learning, physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405)491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE, the Southern Nazarene University Academic Center for Excellence (LRC #309).