GES 520 - Issues in Global Environmental Sustainability

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This course will introduce the concept of sustainability, its various definitions, and current influences on society. Students will be exposed to the ways sustainability impacts many disciplines and will gain an understanding of the connections of sustainability within their chosen discipline. Students will achieve a holistic understanding of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through individual research work as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, an essential component to the successful integration of sustainability.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation (2012)
    Theis, T., Tomkin, J.

The textbook is FREE! You will have access to download a free PDF in the course in the course learning management system, Canvas. Additionally, students will select onesustainability-related book of their choice to read and critique. Other required readings are downloadable in Canvas.


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