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Sustainability Cohort

KPU’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science and Horticulture have teamed up to create a new cohort to connect like-minded students with courses that focus on sustainability. This cohort is ideal for first year students.  All courses are all on the KPU Richmond Campus.  Students can take the cluster of courses or take courses from either cluster.

Course Descriptions

Spring 2017:

POST 1100/PHIL 1111 - Sustainability: Analysis and Ethics

Students will study elements of traditional philosophy courses such as critical thinking, philosophy of science, and ethics to provide a detailed analysis of a variety of concepts of sustainability. They will examine sustainability policies and practices related to the environment, social equity, and economics.

Note: Students in the Policy Studies (POST) program must take POST 1100, the first of four umbrella courses required for this degree. This course is cross-listed with PHIL 1111. Students may not get credit for both courses.

ENVI 1121 - Environmental Issues

Students will learn to identify the basic scientific and social principles that underlie the main current environmental issues. They will also examine local and global case studies and will study the effects of pollution and resource degradation on society.

ENGL 1100 - Introduction to University Writing

Students will learn to apply principles of rhetoric and critical analysis in response to selected readings, which will include examples of scholarly writing and academic argument. They will develop their writing skills through exploratory writing, academic argument, and critical analyses of material from a variety of contexts. In this section of ENGL 1100, many of our readings and some of our writing will focus on topics related to sustainability, for instance bike commuting, public transit, green technologies, local-foods movements, and food waste.

Prerequisites: English 12 (C+) or English 12 First Peoples (B) or ENGQ 1099 or ABEE 0091 or ENGP 1091 or ABEE 0092 or ABEE 0097 or ENGP 1097 or successful placement in ENGL 1100 by Kwantlen English Placement Test or an LPI Essay score of 30 – Level 5 or IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or iBT 86 with minimum writing subscore 24 or PBT 570 with TWE 5.5 or ELST 0381 (B) & ELST 0383 (B) or ELST 0381 (B) & KIST score of 50 or higher