ENS4790EN - Natural Resources Stewardship

Course description

Consider how environmental stewardship can respond to and shape changes in social-ecological systems in order to sustain the supply and availability of the ecosystem services that underpin human well-being. Explore the biblical foundations of environmental stewardship and the implications of this for individuals, groups, and networks of stewards.

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. In this course, learners gain insight into aspects of stewardship interventions including the capacity and motivations of actors, scale, socio-ecological context, resilience, and theories of dematerialization. Students examine their own lifestyles to identify stewardship opportunities.

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 are exposed to the ways in which different socio-ecological contexts influence stewardship interventions.

Interculturally focused

Learners develop understanding of stewardship interventions by different people groups in various social contexts.

Practically minded

This course introduces practical ways in which individuals and communities can engage in resilience-based natural resource management.

Experientially transformed

Learners confront their own resource consumption and identify opportunities for improved stewardship.