Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
CITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This course focuses on the interactions between urban areas and the environment. It is a discussion of the physical setting of cities; the water, energy, air and waste disposal needs of urban areas; and the effects of urban areas on the air, water and land environment.
SUSTAINABILITY AND RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS
This course will analyze the nature of systemic change in the era of sustainability, considering the three dimensions of sustainability - social justice, economic viability, and environmental stewardship - from the perspective of one or more religious traditions, particularly the perspective of integral human development from Catholic social thought. It will use systems thinking to evaluate the economic, social, organizational, and personal contexts of promoting integral human development in a finite ecology. The course will ask students to identify a systemic change project that promotes integral human development, so that student learning is oriented toward, focused on, and expressive of their own interest relevant to a core challenge they have chosen. One key question will shape the trajectory of the course: How does one develop a systemic change project that promotes integral human development? The focus of this course is for the student to select a particular need or set of needs, to determine a sustainable way to deliver a product, service, or good, and to persuasively articulate the values and vision - personally and organizationally - driving their proposed solution. The systemic change project will also be a step toward answering some fundamental career questions: What need do I want to address that will lead to sustainable value for the organization I choose to join? How will this differentiate my organization from others? How should I understand this need in relationship to the natural world, and in relationship to my own place in the economy, in society? To address today's challenges, students must engage in new ways of thinking and new patterns of inquiry. This goal requires a new pedagogy - one that asks students to be conscious of their own assumptions, their own patterns of knowing.
In this class, students will develop knowledge, critical thinking skills, and multi-modal literacies that define writing practices in the environmental community. In order to become more proficient writers, students will analyze and practice a range of genres relevant to environmental issues in the workplace and the larger public sphere, from professional documents such as proposals and reports to research articles aimed at the general public and published in traditional or electronic media. Students will also analyze various new-media genres as indicators of public interests and as tools for reaching and engaging diverse audiences. WRD 104 is recommended.