ESS 578: Principles of Sustainability

Synonym:

52178 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Thomas Wessels

Credits:

3

Seats:

18

Semester:

Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/17 - 3/6 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Thursdays 3/27 - 5/8 (1:00PM-3:59PM)

Description:

Competency Areas: Biosphere Science II
Section A: Restricted to Fall 07 ES students December 4 – 14; open to all ES students after December 14.
Section B: Restricted to Fall 06 and earlier ES students December 4 – 14; open to all ES students after December 14.

This course will focus on foundational scientific laws that govern sustainability in all complex systems. The course will start by contrasting linear and complex system science. Specific laws to be examined will include the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, and the law of self-organization. Biological, ecological, geological, and meteorological systems will be examined to show the workings of these laws at various spatial and temporal scales. The laws will then be applied to an examination of socioeconomic, political, and municipal systems.