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Quick Facts about GEOG 030 (GS)
- Overview - GEOG 030: Geographic Persepectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems is a class that seeks to teach students about the interconnectedness of people and the natural environment around them. It also examines the concept of sustainability, challenging students to re-approach the idea.
- Instructor - Martha Bell, Department of Geography, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information - GEOG 030 is a required course in Penn State's online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP). This course introduces the theory, methods, history and contemporary issues in global and regional relationships between human activities and the physical environment. GEOG 030 can be applied toward Penn State's General Education "Social and Behavioral Sciences" (GS) requirement.
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Important: Please note that some Penn State online courses, including those in the ESP program, require students to maintain a web presence, such as the creation of a webpage, blog postings, video sharing and other Internet participation. ESP students may be required to participate in online activities that are widely accessible to all, including others outside of Penn State.
Topics of Study in this Course
Unit 1 - Key Concepts
- Module 1 - Geographic Perspectives
- Module 2 - Coupled Human-Environment Systems
- Module 3 - Ethics
- Module 4 - Individual & Collective Action
Unit 2 - Sustainable Development
- Module 5 - Development
- Module 6 - Food & Agriculture
- Module 7 - Cities & Transportation
Unit 3 - Global Environmental Change
- Module 8 - Natural Hazards
- Module 9 - Climate Change
- Module 10 - Disease
Overarching Key Concepts
As the course proceeds and issues are presented, you will find that it will be difficult to talk about one concept without mentioning another. While the course modules present contexts or themes for investigating human-environment interactions, the overarching key concepts are the means by which we will analyze and connect concepts across the different themes.