International Development & Environmental Sustainability (Biol/Geog 304)

Pacific Rim Campus - Summer Session II


Course Description

Environmental analysis and natural resources in relation to society and development issues. The focus of 304 is on ecological sustainability and sustainable society in the context of various factors that are bringing environmental degradation and impoverishment to people and cultures. It deals with topics of hunger, poverty, international debt, appropriate technology, relief programs, missionary earthkeeping, conservation of wild nature, land tenure, and land stewardship. It employs a discussion format both in classroom and field settings. Its emphasis is on grappling with difficult practical and ethical problems and issues that require deep and persistent thought. Interdisciplinary, Applied.

Professor: Dr. Michael Ferber
Meets: Tuesday & Friday

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Knowledge Gained

  • Biblical Understanding of poverty and environmental stewardship
  • Current state of the creation
  • Dimensions of global poverty and injustice
  • Complexities of social, economic and environmental sustainability
  • Faith-based approaches to international development and sustainability
  • Relationships between poverty, injustice and the environment

Skills Developed

  • Strategies for transformational development
  • Micro and Macro approaches to poverty alleviation and environmental restoration
  • Community building and community development
  • Capacity building and empowerment
  • Incarnational approaches to missions, development, and environmental restoration
  • Capacity to speak hope into a hurting world

Field Experiences

  • Rosario Beach
  • Coupeville Wharf
  • San Juan Islands
  • Seattle
    • World Vision Headquarters
    • Gates Foundation
    • Pike Market
    • World Relief Seattle Refugee Centre
  • Olympic Peninsula
    • Makah Cultural and Research Center
    • Cape Flattery (most western point in the continental US)
    • Hurricane Ridge


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