TA Opportunity for UBC Course: ASIC 220


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ASIC 220 – 001: Introduction to Sustainability (3 credits)

TA position: 192hrs

2019W Term 2: January 6, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Instructor: Dr. Eric Mazzi
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 14:00-15:30
Location: Chemistry, Room D200

Course Description & Learning Objectives

This is an introductory review course, and as such it will provide a comprehensive introduction to sustainability. This means that the coverage of topics will be broad and encompass a number of disciplines including environmental science, economics, political science and psychology. Students are not expected to have a background in any of these disciplines.

The course will explore questions related to the sustainability for which people may have strong opinions. These inclu

  • How and why do humans misuse and abuse the environment?
  • What has a greater impact on the planet’s health: population or consumption?
  • Are economic development and environmental protection incompatible?
  • Can technological fixes solve environmental problems?
  • How do you know if a product or action is ‘green’?
  • Is economics the key? Can ‘getting the price’ solve environmental problems?
  • Are there limits to growth? Can we leave the world better off for future generations?
  • How might we live sustainably and equitably on the planet?

The goal of this course is not to provide students with definitive answers to these questions. This course is designed to help students learn concepts, tools, methodologies, and strategies so that they can make positive and meaningful contributions to solutions to problems related to sustainability.

Please attach a current CV and return your application and attachments to: ires.applicants@ubc.ca

Application deadline: 4PM on November 13, 2019

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