Description
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Earth's human population has reached 7.5 billion and continues to grow rapidly. As concerns heighten over the ability of the planet to support and sustain life, it is becoming ever more important that we understand the crucial relationship between nature and society.
This course seeks to use South Africa, one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries in the world, as an outdoor classroom to highlight the challenges, solutions and negotiations that are central to sustaining life on Earth. By immersing students in diverse communities that showcase unique perspectives, facilitating real-world experiences, actively engaging with South African citizens including students, this course will provide participants with skills, experiences and diverse perspectives that are crucial to supporting innovative problem solving and decision-making long after the course is over.
By taking this course, students will have the opportunity to use one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries in the world, South Africa, to:
o Actively engage with a variety of South African communities to enhance critical assessment of globally-relevant social and environmental challenges
Examine the multiple ways in which socio-environmental challenges impact different cultures
Reflect upon how culture and traditions impact environmental education and social change in urban spaces (e.g. Cape Town, South Africa and Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Details
Grading Basis
Letter Grade
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Course Attributes
Cross-Cultural Awareness
Diversity
Global Issues
Study Abroad
Diversity
Pmathic Ctext: Global&Cr. Cult
Offering
Course
GEOL 1300
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
Geology and Environmental Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Enrollment Requirements
Pitt in South Africa Study Abroad Program.
MIN GPA: 2.75 (2.5 for Engineers); Pitt Students must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt Campus; Clear Judicial Record, Open to Non-Pitt students, and students from all Pitt campuses
Typically Offered
Summer