ENV451 Current Environmental Topics Syllabus

University of Toronto, Fall 2016

About This Course

Global environmental dangers are among the most profound challenges facing humanity. They fundamentally undermine the quality of life and threaten the organic infrastructure that supports all life on earth. It is within this context that the course explores the sociopolitical dynamics of global environmental affairs. The course will also look into the multiple causes of environmental harm and, with students help, will try to identify effective response mechanisms. Finally, it will examine a number of key challenges - including food and agriculture, water, energy, and climate change - through the lens of interdisciplinary communication, in academe and professional practice. This is a "capstone" course. It has been specifically designed for students coming to the end of their undergraduate study of the environment and preparing to move on to the next phase of their academic and professional development and competence.