Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to the concept of environmental sustainability and its uses in solving real world problems. It explores the relationships between the natural, rural, industrial and urban environments and includes the study of the impact humans have upon nature. The course also considers the way environmental sustainability can be used to address environmental, economic and social issues in an integrated way. Assessment includes on-line tests, a written assignment,a group presentation and an end of semester examination.

    Course Introduction:
    Sustainability is a powerful concept that is built on the premise that environmental, economic and social problems are all linked. Understanding how they are linked, and how human activities have undermined the natural systems on which we rely, is the key to finding solutions. This course works through a series of key sustainability issues and gives examples of how they are being addressed.

    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to environmental sustainability so that they can:
    • Define what is meant by environmental sustainability;
    • Analyse how physical, economic, social and technological factors impact on the environment;
    • Give a explanation of some of the basic scientific aspects of environmental issues;
    • Explain what procedures are required to establish an environmentally sustainable society;
    • Apply the principles of sustainability to real world problems;
    • Undertake higher level courses in sustainability in future;
    • Develop critical thinking abilities; and,
    • Develop study skills to improve academic success.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Apply the principles and practices of sustainability to managing natural ecosystems
    2 Assess the impact of human activities on the environment
    3 Contribute to the preparation of environmental impact statements
    4 Identify, evaluate and analyse environmental issues of current and future significance
    5 Work successfully with a multidisciplinary team
    6 Research and write a professional paper
    7 Follow the university's rules on academic integrity

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.

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.