HomeEducationSustainability EducationRegistering for Spring semester? We’ve got you covered.

Registering for Spring semester? We’ve got you covered.

I’m coming to you from the Sustainability Education office pre-spring semester registration to bring you an exclusive addition of: If I were a student studying sustainability, what should I take in spring 2016?

We’re pretty knowledgeable on this topic here in the office, so consider taking one or more of the following classes!

SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet

Tuesday/Thursdaym, 9:45am – 11:00am

If commodity crop consumption (corn, soy, grains) drives agricultural practices that strip soils of nutrients faster than they can be replaced, should we change farming practices for future generations? The word “sustainability” is most often used in reference to maintaining environmental integrity; however, social equity, environmental integrity, and economic well-being are also important and often competing goals. In this class you’ll approach sustainability from multiple viewpoints and explore various models for understanding these value judgments. You will also use real-world case studies to explore the conflicts and trade-offs that result from putting sustainability into practice.

SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities

Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:40pm

What does sustainability look like in the Twin Cities metropolitan area? In this hands on capstone course you’ll address this question and gain an understanding of the ways cities engage with community members to collect input and foster support for sustainability initiatives. In the process, you’ll present your work to the community and complete a project that tangibly contributes to sustainability work in the Twin Cities.

CEGE 5572: Acara Social Venture Launchpad

January 11 – January 15, 2016

In this one-week intensive course, you’ll design a social business venture solution to address a challenge you’re passionate about. The goal of the class is to work on technologies or ideas that address a grand challenge in a financially self-sustaining manner.

CEGE 4011/5570: Design for Sustainable Development – Discovery India

May 17th – June 7th, 2016

Study abroad in May 2016! Travel to Bangalore, India to explore urban and rural development challenges in India through the eyes of entrepreneurs, local leaders, and communities. Learn about entrepreneurial and engineering solutions to environmental and societal challenges.

COMM 4250/5250: Environmental Communication

Online Course

Communicating environmental issues in effective ways is important. In this class, you’ll learn how to present environmental knowledge to public and policy-making audiences while studying environmental problems, such as climate chance, declining biodiversity and environmental justice. You’ll also take on a project at a public land site!

GCC 3006: Climate Change – Myths, Mysteries and Uncertainties

Tuesday/Thursday, 8:45am – 10:00am

In this course, you’ll examine the theory behind the atmospheric greenhouse effect in the climate system and the consequences of climate change for present and future societies. Explore environmental signals that are used to diagnose climate variability and, after firmly establishing the scientific basis for climate change, learn about the intersections between climate change and society.

GCC 3009: Rivers and Cities: Meeting Future Demands on Urban Water Systems

Monday/Wednesday, 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Interested in learning about access to safe and sufficient water? This class will evaluate changing demands on urban rivers, challenge you to articulate your understanding of water management to local citizens and devise creative visions for better management of water.

GCC 3010: The Global Climate Challenge: Creating and Empowered Movement for Change

Tuesday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Interested in exploring climate change through a grassroots and leadership lens? In this course you’ll look at the ecological and human health consequences of climate change and the psychology of climate interaction. Using a strategy of grassroots empowerment, this course will help you to connect to the heart of what you really value; to understand the threat of climate change; to examine how you feel in the light of that threat; and to take powerful action together. At the end of the course, you’ll work in groups to design and execute an activity where you empower a community to take action.

GCC 3011: Grand Challenge: Pathways to Renewable Energy

Tuesday/Thursday, 9:45am – 11:00am

In this course, you’ll examine the obstacles to energy transitions, the role of energy in society, the physics of energy and more. You’ll learn about the drivers leading global systems to change despite powerful constraints and how local and institutional action enables broader reform. Finally, you’ll put your learning into action by developing proposals for addressing: What would it take to get the University of Minnesota to invest significantly in solar energy?

GCC 5008: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change

Tuesday/Thursday, 10:15am – 11:30am

In this class, you’ll learn about the critical issues underpinning global change and its environmental and social implications. You’ll examine current literature citing evidence for human-induced global change and its potential effects on biological processes. Finally, you’ll study the social and economic consequences and political processes at local, national, and international scales related to global change.

GCC 3013/5013: Grand Challenge: Making Sense of Climate Change – Science, Art and Agency

Tuesday, 1:25pm – 4:25pm

Interested in exploring the intersection between art, place and climate change? In this course you’ll engage with climate change science and ethical action in changing climates, collective agency and place, and public art as a means for transformative action. You’ll design a public art piece for the Northern Spark Art Festival with the theme of Climate Chaos and critically reflect on your place in addressing grand challenges.

GCC 3007/5007: Grand Challenge: Toward Conquest of Disease

Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Curious about microbial bugs & what they have to do with our future? Infectious disease has devastated human populations and even caused global population declines. This course combines ecological thought and ecological models with historical and future perspectives to understand the fundamental dynamics of our minuscule predators, and relate this to similar minuscule predators of wild and domestic animals, to crops, and to other plants.

GCC 3012: Grand Challenge: Structural Violence & Medication Experience

Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

The course will use a social justice framework for learning and communicating about structural violence and the intersection of culture, the medication experience, and community health.  Using Critical Race Theory and Social Ecological frameworks, we will come to a more complex understanding of our own social locations and the interplay of power and privilege while exploring the root causes of health disparities and the development of solutions that address inequities in health, education, housing, employment, and access to respectful health care.

Students in the Sustainability Minor can petition to get credit for the Grand Challenge Courses.

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