Understanding the complex physical and biological systems, and the social context within which they occur, which provide resources and processes to meet the basic needs of human communities. These systems and processes provide water, food, energy, shelter, atmosphere, and a functional landscape. 4 lecture discussions. Open to all majors.
Study of the institutional factors affecting the implementation of regenerative practices needed to meet the challenges of limited resources. Investigations of the global effects of human activities in the pursuit of food, water, energy, shelter, and waste sinks. 4 lecture discussions. Open to all majors.
Investigation of sustainable organizing processes for regenerative practices. The cultural and institutional organizing processes are examined at the global, multi-national, national, regional, local, family, and individual levels. These processes are analyzed in relation to population, food production, resource and waste management, energy systems, and shelter. 2 - two-hour lecture discussions.
Historical survey and cross cultural study of sustainable communities in relation to their particular built form. Examination and analysis of intentional communities as models of traditional and/or alternative patterns. Exploration of legal and economic organization of land holding or facilitating experimentation. 4 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: One GE course from each of the following sub-areas: A1, A2, A3, and C1, C2, C3 and D1, D2, D3.