Sustainability Related Courses

Only want to take one class with a focus on sustainability rather than a minor or major? You can still take a variety of courses within the curriculum that also count towards General Education Credit, Theme credit, or may be required within your major.

Listed below are sample course groupings that you may find helpful as examples or as starting points in designing a Liberal Studies Emphasis in sustainability. Students who wish to major in Liberal Studies with a sustainability emphasis are encouraged to take a variety of courses from each of the three focus areas listed below to obtain a more diverse and well-rounded understanding of sustainability. Students who are interested primarily in one specific area of focus, however, may prefer to take the majority of their electives from one of the three defined concentration areas listed below.

 

IDS 180-04 Sustainability as a Lifestyle - Fall 2015

Yumi Jakobcic (1 credit)

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., class meets 8/31/15-10/24/15

This course invites you to take a deeper look at sustainability best practices and to consider how your lifestyle can make a difference for environmental, economic, and social sustainability.  It is designed to provide a broad and comprehensive perspective of sustainability practices, to give students the opportunity to understand the importance of sustainability through an academic lense, and to use the campus as a living laboratory to gain a deeper understanding of sustainable living. Topics covered will include consumption health and wellness, transportation, energy, water, fiscal sustainability and community.  The emphasis of this course will be on finding ways to incorporate sustainability practices into our current lifestyle and our experience at Grand Valley State University.  We will learn from each other, and through lectures, field trips, readings, and group activities.

Sustainability: Social, Environmental, and Economic Foundations
The following is a sample of courses that may be chosen from for a generally well-rounded emphasis in sustainability. Sustainability
SOC 280 Social Problems ANT 340 Culture and Environment SOC 385 Social Class Inequality SS 384 Social Inequalities SW 300 Pluralism in American Society BIO 105 Environmental Science BIO 338 Environmental Ethics ECO 345 Environmental and Resource Economics ECO 210 Introductory Macroeconomics MGT 339 Business and Society MGT 340 Business, Social Change and Ethics GPY412 Global Environmental Change The following lists provides a sample of additional courses that may be elected for a general emphasis, or for one focusing more on a particular concentration. Society BIO 311 Biological Basis of Society
GPY220 Cultural Geography GPY 309 City and Regional Planning SOC 280 Social Problems SOC 381 Class, Race and Gender SOC 382 Minority and Ethnic Relations SOC 385 Social Class Inequality. SS 384 Social Inequalities SW 300 Pluralism in American Society PHI 320 Social/Political Philosophy PLS 231 Classical Political Thought PLS 232 Modern Political Thought Environment ANT 340 Culture and Environment
BIO 105 Environmental Science BIO 338 Environmental Ethics ECO 345 Environmental & Resource Econ. GEO 300 Geology and the Environment GPY412 Global Environmental Change LIB 330 Idea of Nature NRM 330 Environmental Pollution Economic BUS 201 Legal Environment for Business
ECO 210 Introductory Macroeconomics ECO 345 Environmental & Resource Economics ECO 349 Emerging Markets Issues ECO 369 International Economic Issues ECO 435 Urban Economics MGT 339 Business and Society MGT 340 Business, Social Change and Ethics MGT 355 The Diversified Workforce