Department of Sustainable Development, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Graduate Courses in Sustainable Development (SD)
Richard Rheingans, Department Chair
SD 5050. Foundations of Sustainable Development (3).F. This course presents a broad foundation in sustainable development. It demonstrates the transdisciplinary and polymethodic character of sustainable development, and provides an introduction to the relevance of a variety of disciplines, such as economics, bio-physical sciences, ethics, appropriate technology, cultural anthropology, and planning to this transdisciplinary nexus. Students will also be introduced to the significance of method in generating knowledge, and to the challenges involved in integrating information generated by means of differing methods. Students will explore the foundations of sustainable development historically, economically, scientifically, and cross-culturally. Students will be introduced to professional opportunities in sustainable development and begin research in internship opportunities.
SD 5100. Agroecology Practices, Systems and Philosophies (4).On Demand. This course will provide an in-depth exploration of (1) the ethical and philosophical roots of conventional and alternative agriculture, and (2) the biological, economic and social aspects of different agricultural systems and practices developed in response to perceived shortcomings of conventional modern agriculture. Alternative practices and systems to be compared and contrasted in this course include nature farming, permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, biointensive gardening, and agroforestry (additional systems and practices may be added or substituted based on class interest and consensus). In laboratories, students will have the opportunity to (1) learn about, and gather basic data on the biophysical, ecological and social aspects of the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research farm that are necessary to start and operate a garden based on sustainable principles; (2) combine theory and practice of vegetable, fruit and/or small animal production using a 'learning-by-doing' approach; and (3) provide leadership to work teams of students on the farm. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.
SD 5300. Issues in Global Systems Science (3).On Demand. This course involves an examination of the nature of science in relation to sustainability, including scientific method and various methods of investigation, data collection, analysis, and presentation; basic principles of science including time, change, space, and energy; biological issues such as population growth and carrying capacity, deforestation, decreasing biodiversity, and changing ecosystems; geological issues such as coastal flooding associated with global warming, resource depletion, and chemical pollution of water and soils; and meteorological and climatological issues such as ozone depletion, and climate change, including global warming. Prerequisites: a one-year sequence of General Science, Biology, or Chemistry, plus one sophomore or higher level course in environmental science, or the equivalent of these.
SD 5500. Independent Study (1-3).On Demand.
SD 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for the sustainable development curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate.