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Syllabus for Biol 4065 Sustainability and Global Change CLASS HANDOUT-2009

Summary: Syllabus for Biol 4065 Sustainability and Global Change
Class Description:
Biology 4065 Sustainability and Global Change
(Cross-listed with Biol 5065 for graduate students)
Room 812 in Biology Wing, Life Sciences Center
Thursday Afternoons: 1335-1625 Hrs.
Sustainable Development has become a worldwide concept embraced by both the North and the South.
This concept emphasizes the intersection of society, economy, and environment, in an attempt to reconcile
human development with growing populations in a deteriorating biosphere, to harmonize the North-South
relationship, to realize human potential, and to achieve social justice now and in the future. The final goal
of achieving sustainable development includes: equitable and just societies, protected environments with
ecosystem integrity, and robust economies. All of this must be achieved in a world that is undergoing
unprecedented global change. Most countries include Sustainable Development in their national priorities
of development. In Canada, it is a critical component of both domestic and foreign policies. Sustainable
development has also become a main organizing principle for many approaches to global environmental
management; for example, most multilateral environmental agreements and international environmental
agencies are mandated to enhance sustainability. At the same time, the concept is controversial, and often
defined differently in the North and the South or based upon various political-economic viewpoints and
ideologies. Besides definitional and conceptual problems, making the concept operational has proven


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology