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Fall 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 359 - Human-Environment Security
Instructor: Swathi Veeravalli

Human-Environment Security
The inextricable links between humans, the physical environment and climate are complex and dynamic. Although humans have indeed been adapting to change for several millennia, empirical research has found that the high rate of such change in the Holocene epoch is unprecedented. Folke et al. (2005) question whether humanity has really adapted its capacity for learning and foresight to deal with this inordinately high rate of change. Climate changed coupled with increasingly interconnected economic and trade networks, new and disruptive technologies, changing demographics and changing governance structures present complex security challenges. Climate change thus affects national security by changing and oftentimes degrading the geostrategic environment populations. This course aims to develop knowledge of the characteristics and causes of issues that threaten human security across geographical, political, commercial and societal boundaries. By examining these traditional and non-traditional security challenges, this course seeks to produce competent and critical thinkers who are able to apply interdisciplinary analysis to understand the complexity of the human-environment relationship.

Learning Outcomes
1. Critically understand the relationship between human security and environmental security;
2. Identify characteristics and major processes of transnational security challenges;
3. Develop rigorous science based policy writing skills;
4. Apply interdisciplinary analysis to understand and assess complex adaptive systems.
5. Produce analytic writing appropriate for environmental security disciplines.

The syllabus is subject to change and serves as a draft. Please use URL for download: https://georgetown.box.com/s/ak6psv300m6ihdu64wbr7k9eh8kl3y4l

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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