Curtin University Free Online Course on Environmental Studies

curtainCurtin University is offering free online course on Environmental Studies: A Global Perspective. This environmental studies course is intended to introduce you to some of the basic principles in environmental studies, and how those are manifested in urban, rural and natural areas throughout the world.




The overall objective of this course is to learn the fundamentals of environmental studies as applicants explore global and local communities and determine solutions to environmental challenges. The course will start on September 12, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours per week
Subject: Environmental Studies
Institution: Curtin University and edX
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course will start on September 12, 2016

Providers’ Details

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university, with more than 53,000 students from over 130 countries. As a world-class, internationally focused institution, Curtin’s mission is to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

About This Course

This environmental studies course is intended to introduce you to some of the basic principles in environmental studies, and how those are manifested in urban, rural and natural areas throughout the world.

Through observation, discussion, and creation of digital content, you will explore and share environmental challenges facing your local environment and create a global learning and action community.

Rather than simply offering a long list of the problems we face, this course will take a solutions-focused approach.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • List and define fundamental terms and concepts in environmental studies
  • Describe the ways that human use of resources impacts the environment
  • Analyse and compare environmental issues in different parts of the world
  • Apply environmental studies principles to evaluate your community, and identify and recommend solutions to local challenges
  • Share stories and findings about your local (natural and built) environment

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Why study the environment – and what is Environmental Studies?
Module 2: Systems and Cycles
Module 3: Resources and Energy
Module 4: People and Populations
Module 5: Present challenges

Instructors

Teri Balser

Dean, Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science & Engineering, Curtin University

Joseli Macedo

Head, School of Built Environment, Curtin University

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

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