Introduction to Enviromental Science and Sustainable Development

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the science underlying several environmental problems facing the world today, and to familiarize them with the way in which science supports the development of environmental policy and regulations as well as firms’ efficient responses in complying with them. In achieving these goals, the course will emphasize the integration of scientific, social, economic and political factors into decision making. Analytically, students explore the relationships among humans and their environment, from the local to the global level. They learn how basic scientific principles enhance our understanding of these interactions, and thereby our ability to respond to major challenges such as: population growth, resource consumption, environmental quality (air, land and water) and land use and management. Finally, they investigate how ethics, social organizations, economic and politic institutions and conditions influence individual and societal responses to environmental threats. Special attention will be given to the role of environmental policy as a critical factor of sustainable development.