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Course description

This course is designed for students with no environmental background. It boasts a broad coverage of sustainability, fundamental science, and rational explanations. The theme of sustainability is clarified by a consistent emphasis on natural capital, natural capital degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and the importance of individuals. The course uses a variety of media and diverse means of presenting material that are suitable for students of all learning styles. The course does not require any pre- or co-requests.

Course Objectives

The students will learn from this course how God (SWT) made nature works, how we interact with it, and how we have sustained -and can continue to sustain- our relationship with the earth by applying environmental lessons to our economies and human being lifestyles.
The course will provoke students to think about important environmental concepts and issues that affect their lives. The sustainability theme will be enforced by case studies which illustrate key topics and issues. As a result, the students will be able to address the environmental issues and participate in the sustainable development.


Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Use scientific reasoning to identify and understand environmental problems and evaluate potential solutions.
2. Critically evaluate arguments regarding environmental issues.
3. See the impact your own live have on your environment
4. Apply your understanding of environmental issues to your own choices.


G. Tyler Miller Jr. Scott Spoolman. (2010), “Sustaining the Earth”, 10th Edition, Thomson Learning, Berkshire House, 168-173 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA, UK. © 2012

Sustainability is the integrating theme of this current and thought-provoking book. SUSTAINING THE EARTH provides the basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environmental problems we face. About half the price of other environmental science texts, this 14-chapter, one-color core book offers an integrated approach that emphasizes how environmental and resource problems and solutions are related. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. By framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be.


·        CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY: Three clearly explained principles of sustainability (solar energy, chemical cycling, and biodiversity) are integrated throughout every chapter and take students through the practical steps they can take toward more sustainable lifestyles. Icons highlight sustainability throughout the text.


·        CONCEPT-CENTERED APPROACH: To help students focus on the main ideas, each major chapter section is built around one to two key concepts which state the most important take-away messages of each chapter.


·        PERSONAL RELEVANCE: "What Can You Do?" boxes describe how students can make a difference and "How Would You Vote?" questions give them an opportunity to think critically about issues. "Solutions" subsections present proven and possible solutions for students to explore and "Individuals Matter" boxes describe what various concerned citizens and scientists have done to help work toward sustainability.


·        OBJECTIVE COVERAGE: A strong emphasis on scientific objectivity and the need for non-biased solutions is a hallmark of the text. "Trade-Offs" boxes present advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies and solutions to environmental problems.


·        VALUE-PRICED: This title is part of the CENGAGE ADVANTAGE SERIES and was created specifically to deliver quality content from highly respected authors in a convenient format that will be sold to your students at a significantly lower price.


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