New Courses Available through U College

Two new sustainability-related courses are being offered this spring through University College, the professional and continuing education division of Arts & Sciences. Full-time benefits-eligible staff receive full tuition assistance, so consider learning more about a topic that interests you! For undergraduates, A&S students can take one UC course per semester as part of their regular tuition, but check with your academic adviser about how credits can be applied your degree program. Students in other schools should speak to an academic adviser to confirm credits.

Sustainability as Transformative Agenda in Business and Public Policy

U19 SUST 368, Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:30 PM
A brand-new course from new-to-UCollege Instructor Colin Wellencamp takes on the important topic of how sustainability drives and is driven by public policy and business. Participants will acquire skills and techniques to apply sustainability at a practical level in the marketplace concentrating on public and business organizations. The course will explore how profit drives sustainability as a business practice and whether it assists or interferes with public policy objectives around environment, public health, jobs, social mobility, and economic development.

Instructor: Colin Wellenkamp, JD, LL.M. in Sustainable Development, REM
Colin Wellenkamp is the Executive Director of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, comprised of 80 mayors in 10 states along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Under Wellenkamp’s leadership, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative has been promoting economic and environmental security along the Mississippi River Corridor since
2012. He taught for many years at Washington DC area universities including public policy courses as part of the Masters in Public Administration program at Washington Adventist University.

The Metropolis

U19 SUST 329, Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Back after several years, this course is returning to the Sustainability program with Instructor Mark Abbott. This course is an overview of seminal readings in Urban Studies. Readings to be discussed address major issues in Urban History, Urban Culture and Society, Urban Spatial Form, Urban Politics, Urban Planning, Urban Design, and the impact of globalization on cities. Depending on student availability, the class will be augmented by field trips to a variety of metropolitan sites.

Instructor: Mark Abbott, PhD American Studies (History)
Mark Abbott recently retired as the Director of the Center for Neighborhood Affairs, Chair Department of Urban Specialization and Professor of History at Harris-Stowe State University where he taught a wide range of courses in urban studies and history. Abbott has taught for many years in the UCollege Sustainability and History programs. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations.

Other Sustainability Course Offerings, Spring 2018

U19 SUST 121 Introduction to Global Climate Change
Instructor: William Smith, Online hybrid
Covers historical and potential future consequences of global climate change on human life, our industrial civilization, and its sustainability.

U19 SUST 200 Introduction to GIS
Instructor Jennifer Moore, Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Introduces students to the fundamental principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS), their underlying geospatial science and spatial thinking.

U19 SUST 2352 Environmental Ethics
Monday/Wednesday 2:30 – 4:00 PM or 4:00 – 5:30PM
A general survey of current issues in environmental ethics, focusing on problems such as obligation to future generations, protection of endangered species, animal rights, problems of energy and pollution, wilderness, global justice and business obligations.

U19 SUST 325 Introduction to Resilience
Instructor: Mary Ann Lazarus, Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00 PM
In this course, students examine common attributes and applications of resilience across three perspectives (social, environmental, infrastructure) and multiple scales (city, neighborhood, building). Students will apply resilience principles to a final project based on their interests.

U19 SUST 332 Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
Instructor: Mark Manteufel, Fully online
This overview of the fields of conservation biology and biodiversity covers topics such as species preservation, habitat restoration, refuge design and management, and human population growth.

U19 SUST 3641 Strategic Planning
Instructor: Richard Lincoff, Tuesdays 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The course focuses on improving your critical thinking capabilities and applying them to real-life issues. Students will examine and use fundamental principles and tools that relate to successful strategic planning and decision making.

U19 SUST 3669 Tropical Field Biology and Primatology – India
January Intersession, Registration deadline November 6, 2017, additional fees
This is a field course to the Western Ghats of India which gives students advanced training in field techniques relevant to primate conservation, biodiversity monitoring, and research.

U19 SUST 413 Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives
Instructor: Mark Manteufel, Fully online
This course examines the interrelationships between humans and their environment, moving from local and regional views up to a global perspective.

U19 SUST 420 History of American Architecture
Instructor: Michael Allen Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:30 PM
This course examines the ideological, political, economic and social determinants that have shaped the look of American architecture.

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