September 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Introduction to Sustainability Course Begins Spring 2015

The Sustainability Studies theme is offering a new course—CAS 1415: Introduction to Sustainability—in Spring 2015.

Sustainability Studies logoThis multidisciplinary course introduces students to sustainability concepts, issues, and trends from the local to the global levels. Students will investigate the interrelationships between biophysical limits, human welfare, and social justice by analyzing several major sustainability problems of the 21st century.

Team-taught by professors from diverse academic fields, the course equips students with the foundational knowledge to explore the social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene Epoch.

A complete list of Sustainability theme courses offered in Spring 2015 is online.

After completing CAS 1415, students will be able to:

  • Define and discuss sustainability concepts and current worldwide trends.
  • Discuss the role of sustainability at Ohio University and provide examples of specific campus sustainability initiatives and opportunities.
  • Explain and apply the concept of planetary boundaries to contemporary sustainability challenges.
  • Integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives to analyze the interrelationships between planetary boundaries, human welfare and social justice.
  • Identify and discuss several major sustainability challenges of the 21st century and the associated impacts on society, the economy, and the environment.
  • Discuss individual, local, national, and global sustainability opportunities and solutions.

For more information, contact: Dr. Nancy Manring, Sustainability Studies Theme Leader, at


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