Climate Change is not alone; it is changing almost all aspect of life on earth. There are others aspects of change as well. This course deals with the present day issues of global change, which includes the consequences of development from globalization, global changes to specific Climate Change issues. The course focuses to develop deeper understanding on Climate Change and help them internalize the challenges created by the human kind to the environment. The challenges equally creates opportunity and urgency to address them. Technology remains important tool in the possibilistic world. The second section of the coursework will able students to use the available technology to predict and find meaningful address to the challenges from global change of different frontiers.

Course Objective: 

a. To understand most recent development in the social, policy and physical sciences.

b. To understand how world economy can continue to develop in a way this is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. 

c. To understand interactions between the world economy and Earth’s physical environment.

d. To understand how Ecological processes and constraints (climate, disease ecology, physical resources such as soils and energy sources, topography and transport conditions) shape the patterns of economic development, demography and wealth and poverty.

e. To understand how human activities (farming, land use, urbanization, demographic change and energy use) change the physical environments. 

The course intends to develop specific knowledge base of the students on ecological concepts, principles and theories. This course will be an important foundational course for the students from cross discipline whereas the students from natural science and applied sciences will see the environment and ecology from social perspectives.

Course Summary

The course focuses on the human societies and prevailing traditional and cultural practices to develop, transmit and advocate the ideas of sustainability. Especially the idea of Sustainable Development covers the West centric interpretation widely which align with the development and its impact on communities, regions, and the globe. This course synthesizes some Western and Eastern epistemic positions to analyze and understand what is to be sustain and why is to be sustain for sustainable development. The course introduces social and cosmological local practices on human adaptations to the environment which are mediated in culture and nature continuum. Human relationships with the environment are inherently unstable, and this instability can explain both sociocultural and ecological transformations. The ecology of human societies is about connections between ecological, social, cultural, and organizational processes. Together, readings and lectures will provide a “big picture” of society, nature, and culture which are embedded sustainable practices in the community.