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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR5956
Tracking Number - 5086

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF-STPT approved 3/17/15. to USF Sys 3/18/15. to SCNS 3/26/15. Approved effective 4/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-10-13
  2. Department: Geography and Environmental Science and Policy
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: 511224 10000
  5. Contact Person: Dona J. Stewart
  6. Phone: 34066
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EVR
  9. Number: 5956
  10. Full Title: Methods of Sustainable Development
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 2
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Methods of Sustain Development
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Sustainable development includes preservation of natural resources, aspects of social justice and preservation of communities while pursuing economic growth. This course focuses on sustainable development theory, especially at the international level.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is a new course that will support the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development track in our revised MA degree program. The revisions to the MA are being made to meet identified student interest and more accurately reflect current and emerging themes within the discipline.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in relevant discipline.
  29. Objectives: This course is designed to

    • To introduce the core concepts, principles and practices of sustainable development, including environmental, economic, and social dimensions.

    • To assess the growth and development of sustainability as a development paradigm at the international level.

    • To identify the role of a range of actors, to include governments, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and the community, in implementing sustainable development.

    • To illustrate applied aspects of sustainable development through analysis of case studies.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course the student will be able to:

    • identify the concept of sustainable development and its multiple characteristics (environmental, economic, social)

    • Analyze the challenges measuring sustainable development

    • Critically assess approaches to sustainable development from multiple perspectives

    • Discuss key international initiatives in sustainable development

    • Demonstrate the ability to critically assess sustainable development through research and writing

    • Summarize the findings of their research in a clear and concise oral presentation.

  31. Major Topics: economic dimensions of sustainable development

    social dimensions of sustainable development

    food security

    sustainable agriculture

    urban sustainability

  32. Textbooks: Peter P. Rogers, Kazi F. Jalal, and John A. Boyd. An Introduction to Sustainable Development, Earthscan, 2008

    Rosen, Richard A., Christi Electris and Paul D. Raskin (2010) Global Scenarios for the Century Ahead: Searching for Sustainability (Tellus Institute, Boston: Tellus Institute.

    United Nations (1987) Our Common Future, New York: New York

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: See syllabus for complete list

    Stevens, Candace (2005) “Measuring Sustainable Development”

    UNDP(2012) Triple Wins for Sustainable Development

    Murphy K. 2012. The social pillar of sustainable development: a literature review and framework for policy analysis. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 8(1):15-29.

    Godfray, H. C. et. Al. (2010) Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People. Science, 327, 812.

    Tulchin et. al.(2011) Case Studies: Local Food & Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives in the United States, Washington DC: Social Enterprise Associates.

    Cohen, Barney, (2006) Urbanization in developing countries: Current trends,future projections, and key challenges for sustainability. Technology in Society, 28: 63-81.

    Mandelli, S. (et. al) (2014) Sustainable energy in Africa: A comprehensive data and policies review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, 37: 656-681.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Evaluation and Grading Policies:

    10% Attendance and Participation (to include Canvas)

    10 Terms and Concepts Quiz (9/23)

    20 Exam (10/28)

    20 Weekly Seminar Presentation (lead)

    10 Research Project Proposal (9/16)

    10 Research Project Presentation (12/2)

    20 Research Project Written Report (12/9)

    Grading Policy

    >= 96% A+

    90 - 95% A

    85 – 89% B+

    80 – 84% B

    75 – 79% C+

    70 – 74% C

    65 – 69% D+

    60 – 64% D

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Case Study and Presentation

    Each student will produce a case study of a sustainable development project. The case study must include a critical analysis of the project from an interdisciplinary perspective that is grounded in the appropriate theory. The case study should assess, in detail, the goals of the project, assessment measures for the project, challenges faced during the project and the outcome, including of the project.

    Your analysis should be 8-10 pages in length, excluding graphics, maps and other data. You should use 5-7 external sources, to include academic journal articles. Depending on specific topic chosen, newspaper articles may be appropriate sources for some information on response, but your case study must include scholarly academic references. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source. Please utilize APA citation and reference format.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Late Assignments/Make Up Exams

    Submission of assignments late will negatively impact your grade. An assignment may be turned in one day late with a 10% penalty. No assignments will be accepted more than one day late.

    Make up quizzes/exams are given only in the cases of extreme, documented emergency, at the instructor’s discretion. The instructor may choose to use an alternative form of evaluation, such as a research paper, in place of the quiz or test.

    Academic Integrity/ Academic Dishonesty:

    Academic dishonesty or disruption of the academic process in any form, including cheating and plagiarism are serious offences at USF. Please see this useful USF website on how to avoid plagiarism.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate degree in in Environmental Science and Policy
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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