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2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
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ENVT 101 - Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century

Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-D1-2; Sustainability
Are earth and humanity at the turning point of Environmental Armageddon or Sustainability and Social Justice? A study of Anthropogenic impacts, environmental limits, societal implications, and possible alternatives.

Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground, or Entirely Online.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-D1-2 - Lower Division Social Sciences, Overlay - Sustainability
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Describe the nature and magnitude of major human impacts on the global environment and how they affect its ability to support human and economic well-being.
  2. Describe the multiple causes of dominant ecological impacts threatening human welfare, including the contributions of technology choices, population size, and behavior.
  3. Explain how individual choices result in a tragedy of the commons, and strategies to avoid such outcomes.
  4. Catalog a broad array of approaches to environmental problems solving; provide specific key examples for each approach.

D1-2. Lower-division Social Science Electives Learning Outcomes
  1. specify how social, political, economic, and environmental systems and/or behavior are interwoven;
  2. explain how humans individually and collectively relate to relevant sociocultural, political, economic, and/or environmental systems-how they produce, resist, and transform them;
  3. discuss and debate issues from the course’s disciplinary perspective in a variety of cultural, historical, contemporary, and/or potential future contexts; and
  4. explore principles, methodologies, value systems, and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry.
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  1. identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
  2. analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
  3. describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
  4. explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.

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