USC 116: Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage

This one credit hour course takes place during the fall semester (only) and is required of all first-year EcoVillagers.

Incoming first-year students will be automatically enrolled in this course.

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

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing USC 116 students will be able to:

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

Fall 2018 Course Schedule