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ENV 3005 Environmental Impact and Social Development Medical Spanish & Health Sciences Program Spring 2020 Winter Semester - San Jose

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ENV 3005 Environmental Impact and Social Development

ENV 3005 Environmental Impact and Social Development Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Other Subject Area: Economics, Sociology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ENV 3005
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60


This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and social issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship, economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism. Introduce the student to environmental problems and their socio-economic implications in Latin America, using Costa Rica as an example. Study current and actual cases about conservation and management of biodiversity and wildlife. Visit different scenarios where the relationship between environment and society will be studied. As well the course provides an overview of environmental impact assessment to design, evaluate, and replicate sustainable projects and programs.

The course develops the tools to assess natural resources protection, improvements in population health, positive social impacts and poverty reduction, and economic appraisal that includes sustainability measures at least cost. Students practice assessment methods at project and strategic levels. Integrated assessment using all methods focuses on the agriculture, water, energy, and forestry sectors, applying both project and program analysis. At course end, students apply knowledge and practical methods that inform prudent decisions and support economic growth, social development, awareness and environmental sustainability.

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