Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

  • Host University

    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

  • Location

    Florianópolis, Brazil

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Development

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    General Course Description

    This course introduces students to the theory, principles and practices of sustainability. Class topics will include: ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, and ensuring social justice. Achieving sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary approach that balances economic prosperity while providing equitable opportunities for all socio-economic classes and protects the viability of the planet’s ecosystem.

    Course Objectives

    • Understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems.
    • Identify the major roadblocks preventing the creation of a sustainable society.
    • Understand and apply the economics of population growth, poverty and income distribution, market failures, economic valuation, economic incentive instruments, food and water resources, international agricultural markets, fisheries, and wildlife conservation.
    • Evaluate environmental ethics of game and wildlife management, natural resource use, water management, biological diversity, fisheries, ocean protection, and agricultural production.
    • Leverage scientific research, communication, and modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and systems dynamics modeling.
    • Strategically examine issues related to climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that affect natural resources.


    Speth, James Gustave. 2009. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. New Haven and London: Yale UP.

    Orr, David W. 2011. Hope Is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr. Washington, Covelo and London: Island Press.  

    Meadows, Donella H. 2009. Thinking in Systems: A Primer. London and Sterling: Earthscan.

    Attendance Policy

    • To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and 75% of class attendance.
    • The student cannot be absent on up to 25% of classes. In case of injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him/her. When the student returns to class, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.
    • Possibility of dropping or adding classes: Please note that courses are determiend prior to the student's arrival on-site.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations