ECO4700EN - Theories of Ecological Sustainability and Resilience

Course description

This course examines the theories of ecological sustainability and explores ecosystem resilience. Emphasis is placed on clarifying the key concepts of sustainability and resilience while highlighting the relevance of sustainability principles in the preservation of ecosystems and their impact on human well-being.

How this course benefits students

This course exposes students to the core principles underlying sustainability and resilience. The activities and assessments included in this course are designed to assist the student in understanding the theories of sustainability and resilience and their relevance to historic and current environmental and societal problems involving natural resources.

Why this course is important

Protecting the Earth’s natural resources is essential. This course provides insights into the theories and concepts that underlay sustainable approaches to preserving natural resources and resilience of ecosystems.

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

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course offers insights into our Christian obligation to foster sustainable development and environmental conservation.

Missionally driven

This course provides students the opportunity to critically examine and apply the principles of sustainability and resilience as core objectives for a missional biologist.

Contextually informed

The topics covered in this course inspire students to contemplate their Christian obligation to be good stewards of the environment.

Interculturally focused

The concepts of sustainability and resilience are applicable across all cultures. Therefore, this course is relevant to students of any culture.

Practically minded

This course provides insights into the principles and concepts that govern sustainability and resilience, which, when applied, are essential to understanding global environmental issues that are related to the conservation of natural resources.

Experientially transformed

Exploitation of the environment could result in the loss of natural resources that are essential to sustaining current and future generations. Understanding the core principles of sustainability and resilience is essential to preserving ecosystem functionality. This course explores the principles of sustainability and ecosystem resilience that are key to understanding and addressing issues related to the conservation of natural resources and ecosystem resilience.