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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: UENV 3400
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Environmental Studies
- Urban Environment
The aim of this course is to ecologically examine the past, present and future relations between cities, urbanization and nature; to introduce students to urban ecosystem science as a methodology for exploring resilience of complex urban systems and to encourage empirical, normative and imaginative reflection on the possibilities (and potential pathologies) that lie behind discourse of ‘urban sustainability’ and ‘resilience’. The central objective of this course is to explore: historical and current scientific perspectives on human ecosystems and resilience; future prospects of the study of cities as ecosystems and how they can be resilient to rising urban pressures including climate change and development; key terms, concepts, frameworks, and models in urban ecology; issues involved in exploring socio-ecologies of urban systems; systems thinking and analysis. Urban Resilience provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding urban environments by integrating biophysical and socio-economic forces (e.g., biology, economics, social science) to understand, predict, and manage the emergent phenomena we call cities so that they can be resilient to current and future change. We will cover such key questions as: What are complex adaptive social ecological systems? What has the recent study of urban ecology uncovered in the short time since it emerged as a new field of inquiry? Can cities be designed as sustainable and resilient systems? What is resilience and how are cities vulnerable to disturbances disasters and changing climate regimes? Students must have completed UENV 2400 prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students