Ecology, Systems, and Sustainability

Instructor: Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

At Ubiquity, we understand that the health of our planet depends on all of us having a fluency in ecology and sustainability. In effect, being familiar with how the natural world works amounts to basic survival skills for the 21st century. This course is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation in six of the major schools of ecological science and understanding their contribution to an understanding of global systems and sustainability. In particular we examine the issue of climate change and the many perspectives around it. By understanding multiple perspectives on ecology, sustainability, and climate change we can better understand the many ways we can support the systems of our planet.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the unique strengths and limitations of six schools of ecology.
  2. Appreciate the role that theories of ecology play in creating sustainability for the 21st century.
  3. Apply meta-principles of ecology in a concrete way to specific examples in their own life.
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