Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in EVPP

EVPP 110: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (4 (NR) Credits)

Studies components and interactions that make up natural systems of our home planet. Teaches basic concepts in biological, chemical, physical, and earth sciences in integrated format with lecture, laboratory, and field exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 111: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II (4 (NR) Credits)

Studies components and interactions that make up natural systems of our home planet. Teaches basic concepts in biological, chemical, physical, and Earth sciences in integrated format with lecture, laboratory, and field exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

300-Level Courses in EVPP

EVPP 322: Business and Sustainability (3 (NR) Credits)

Examines the types of approaches businesses can take to take to respond to sustainability concerns, Designed to prepare students for assisting organizations to incorporate sustainability considerations into their strategic decision-making. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 335: People, Plants, and Culture (3 (NR) Credits)

Introduces students to the complex interactions of people and plants in historical and contemporary times. The course is team taught by professors of both natural and social science. The instructors will lend their expertise to fully address the fundamental links between botany, human ecology, and environmental health and sustainability. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 336: Human Dimensions of the Environment (3 (NR) Credits)

Overview of current knowledge regarding human and environment interactions and human ecology. Topics include basic theoretical and conceptual issues, relationship between social and biological sciences, human causes and consequences of environmental change, and contemporary perspectives on environmental issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 337: Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries (3 (NR) Credits)

Overview of environmental policy process in developing countries around the world. Major focus on understanding distinctive problems and dynamics of environmental policy making in poor countries to generate better policy decisions and management.

EVPP 338: Economics of Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

Introduction to environmental, resource, and ecological economics for non-economist undergraduates. Covers basic theories of scarce resource allocation and examines conditions under which market allocations are efficient and sustainable. Includes graphical and verbal presentation of theory. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 361: Introduction to Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

Environmental politics and policymaking since the 1970s. Primary focus on United States, with some discussion of global issues. Examines policy strategies and outcomes, ethical and economic debates, political controversies, lawmaking and enforcement, and role of key players. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 362: Intermediate Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

Examines environmental issues building on learning objectives from EVPP 361. Focuses on environmental and policy issues in the US and internationally, exploring the politics of nature and the interaction of environmental science and politics and resulting controversy. Risk and uncertainty loom large in most environmental issues. “Natural” disasters as well as direct “man-made” problems will be covered. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 377: Applied Ecology (3 (NR) Credits)

Introduces ecosystem concepts and applications to natural and managed ecosystems.

400-Level Courses in EVPP

EVPP 432: Energy Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

Overview of energy policy issues, including different energy sources, electricity generation, efficiency and conservation, energy economics, related energy issues, such as climate change, energy in a global context, transmission of power, and others. Updated yearly. One field trip is part of the course.

EVPP 436: The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change (3 (NR) Credits)

Social science investigation of humans’ role(s) in global climate change, including diversity of ecological, cultural and policy issues. Focuses on current science, causes and responses, human rights and social justice, vulnerability of marginalized populations, relevant issues associated with communication and behavior change, place of policy, and the multiple existing and potential roles of academic action. Discussion format.

EVPP 480: Sustainability in Action (4 (NR) Credits)

Provide students with valuable and tangible experience in practical aspects of realizing sustainability goals and to transfer theory into practice. Allows students to engage in real-world, sustainability-related projects that provide benefits for a target community. Identify and attempt to solve a sustainability-related problem or address a sustainability-related need in a specific target community. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Fulfills general education requirement in synthesis.