JEE337 Human Interactions with the Environment Syllabus

University of Toronto, Fall 2015

About This Course

The impact of 7 billion people on the planet is enormous and challenges future generations. What are these impacts today and in future? What solutions and tools can avert the collapse of society? What can we learn from environmental and cultural history? Using an integrated and interdisciplinary systems approach, we explore problems and solutions to the earth’s limits to growth. The course introducesstudents to Earth Systems interactions, and their limits to growth of human systems using an analytical perspective and, most importantly, how to critically analyze, quantify and solve problems arising from meeting these limits to growth. It also introduces students to systems-based problem solving tools.