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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Waseda University - 'Waseda University'
UC Course SubjectEnvironmental Studies
Number & Suffix: 101
Full UC Title: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 
Transcript Title: ENVIRONMENT ISSUES 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course is intended to explain and find out the clues to major environmental issues that we face today. The course begins with a study of basic processes and mechanisms of natural environment and how living organisms adapt to the environment. Secondly, it covers the role of semi-natural disturbances on biodiversity conservation. Traditional agricultural practices in Japanese Satoyama or agro-forestry in Indonesia provide some good examples of where people received natural resources locally and how energy was flowing in cycle, as well as providing habitat for native species. Such balanced interaction in turn functioned as a resilient ecosystem. Thirdly, the impacts of recent human activities such as over-exploitation of natural resources, industrialization, intensive agriculture and globalization, on ecosystems, wildlife and as well as on our health and safety are covered. Topics include environmental carrying capacity, chemical pollution and bioaccumulation, soil erosion, global warming, climate change, endangered species, aging society and under-use of local resources problem, impacts of invasive species and genetically modified organisms (GMO), and learn how they are complexly interrelated. Lastly, we find the clue and issues on alternative power/renewable energy usage, such as biomass and geothermal power. Assessment: Final exam (30%), papers (40%), participation (30%). 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 
Partner University Department: SILS - Life, Environment 
Partner University Course Number: LE307