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Sustainability, Resilience, and Society - University of Washington



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This course introduces the complex, but critical, concepts of sustainability and resilience and examines your impact on our environment.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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What you'll learn on the course

Social Sciences

Course programme

What is sustainability, and how are we active participants in it? How does our individual ‘ecological footprint’ matter among the billions of humans’ footprints on earth? How are we alike and different in our impacts, depending on where we live; and how does civic and governmental attitude impact sustainability and resilience in the future? These questions will be explored on a global, local and personal level in this introductory course. Students will compare and contrast case studies from suburban Seattle to rural, mountainous China and consider their own significant impacts on ecology. Together, we will go over the concepts of sustainability and resilience, and analyze your impact on our environment. For a global perspective, we will go over a case study of societal impacts. Our emphasis will be on translating theory to individual impact and comprehension. No previous knowledge is needed. We welcome your voice and look forward to your participation! ANTH 378x is the first five weeks of the full course offered by the University of Washington online Integrated Social Science bachelor’s completion degree.

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Dr. Stevan Harrell Dr. Stevan Harrell is an anthropologist of China and Taiwan, and has taught at the University of Washington since 1974. From 1999-2007, he was Curator of Asian Ethnology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. He helped found the Yangjuan Primary School in 2000 and became active in educational exchange programs. He now heads the UW Worldwide Program, exchanging undergraduates with Sichuan University. He is devoted to international scholarly and educational exchange and to research on human-environment interactions in the US, China, and Taiwan.