ENS6790EN - Global Stewardship of Natural Resources Seminar

Course description

Evaluate a trans-national environmental challenge of your choice, critically reviewing stewardship efforts and proposing interventions for different actors in order to sustain the supply and availability of ecosystem services. Debate theory and case studies in a seminar style course.

How this course benefits students

Each of us is called to be a steward of creation (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15), but environmental challenges are complex and it can be difficult to live out this responsibility. This course provides students with a rich learning experience as they take a deep-dive into the stewardship of a global natural resource challenge, and learn from classmates in a seminar style course.

Why this course is important

In this era of environmental degradation and uncertainty, natural resource stewardship is of vital importance to improve ecological integrity and human well-being. This class enriches students in both their personal role as stewards, and as natural resource management practitioners.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abigail Harding, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course explores the biblical basis of natural resources stewardship.

Missionally driven

This course prepares missional students to be better-informed stewards of creation and contributes to preparing them to meet others at their point of need.

Contextually informed

Learners analyze the ways in which different socio-ecological contexts can influence stewardship interventions.

Interculturally focused

Learners critically review stewardship interventions by different people groups in various social contexts and propose culturally appropriate stewardship interventions.

Practically minded

Learners evaluate practical ways in which individuals and communities can engage in resilience-based natural resource management.

Experientially transformed

Students learn experientially from classmates in a seminar style course.