Global Ecosystem Pressures and Sustainability

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Ecosystem Pressures and Sustainability

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Growing pressures on the natural environment through intensification of human land use may compromise ecosystem functions that are central to both the human and the natural world. According to the UN commissioned Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report 60% of ecosystem services are currently degraded or used unsustainably.
    This module examines rising ecosystem pressures focusing particularly on post WWII intensification and projected demands in future output. It explores effects of water and pollinator shortages, fertiliser and chemical deposits in the environment and the widespread introduction of genetically modified organisms. What changes can these stressors cause in wild population structure and biodiversity and how might they ultimately affect such ecosystem services like water purification, food production, biological pest control, pollination, soil conservation and carbon sequestration.
    Objectives: Explore growing environmental and ecosystem pressures with intensifying human land use through case studies from China, sub-Saharan Africa and Ireland. Identify specific pressures and investigate their influence on natural habitats and biodiversity. Review how increasing pressures impact on ecosystem services supporting human populations as well as natural environments.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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