57.518 Comparative Environmental Study

Comparative Environmental Study

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6196
Status Active

In this course, students will explore the dynamics and interactions of social, economic and political factors that aid or impede a community's ability to contribute to global environmental sustainability , one that does not threaten the well being of future generation. Students will each select a city from one of six developing regions (Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, India and South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and North Africa & the Middle East), a city from one of two transitional regions (Russia and Eastern Europe), and a city from an industrial region (the New England area of the United States) of similar population size. Using information from government documents and other library resources, personal contacts, as well as the World Wide Web sites which use maps and geographic information systems (GIS) to explore environmental health issues, students will research the status of environmental sustainability for each of their 3 chosen regions. At the conclusion of the course students will present a comparison of their 3 regions.