USC 116: Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage

This one credit hour course is required of all first-year and transfer EcoVillage residents during their Spring semester in the Village

Incoming first-year and transfer students will be required to enroll themselves in this course for the spring semester. Spring connect students are accepted on a rolling basis, and will need to receive approval from the EcoVillage Director to enroll in the course themselves after first being admitted to the Village.

This course earns 1 credit towards a degree as an Interdisciplinary Perspectives General Education Program course.

The EcoVillage required course serves as capstone to the Village experience and provides a more thorough exploration within the concept of “sustainability,” the theme around which the EcoVillage revolves. Students have the opportunity to network with their fellow Village residents, campus and community partners, and guest faculty in the classroom while implementing sustainable practices during service learning projects. Students will assess their personal definitions of, connections to, and impacts on sustainability.

Spring 2022 Course Schedule

  • USC 116 “Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage” – Tuesdays 5:20PM-7:10PM

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing USC 116 students will be able to:

  • Define “sustainable development” according to the United Nations;
  • Define sustainability in terms of economy, society, and environment;
  • Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or impede sustainability using specific examples;
  • Calculate their personal environmental impact;
  • Recognize the impact of power, privilege, and access;
  • Identify and implement sustainable practices in a service learning project.

Career Readiness Development

EcoVillage helps students develop many of the eight recognized career readiness competencies they will need to succeed in the job market after graduation. Our required course breaks students out into service learning project groups of various sustainability themes and students from various academic colleges. These projects allow Villagers to work with campus and community partners to achieve a common goal of serving our local community and the specific needs of each partner while learning about important sustainability challenges along the way. Team-building activities and group work help develop teamwork and collaboration skills even further when the students then break into smaller groups to showcase their semester’s activities in a final multimedia project. Partnering with NC State Libraries allows the students to further develop their digital technology and research skills while constructing their multimedia projects. These projects are then presented to their peers in the Village, service partners, faculty, administrators, and other invited guests, honing written and communication skills.

Thank you to NC State Sustainability for the article published on October 19, 2017 about some of our former students’ projects!