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Spring 2014 SST – 200 Sustainability Overview (3 units)

Section 4937     Begins 1/21/14     Ends 5/23/14

Course Description

This course introduces students to the concepts and principles that define “Sustainability” in current political, scientific and economic discourse. Through examination of the current state of the world students develop sustainability literacy in relation to environmental, social, and economic systems. Students are introduced to current and evolving responses to sustainability challenges and learn to assess potential viability and impact of these responses. An emphasis is placed on preparing students to take an active role in addressing sustainability challenges personally and professionally. Student projects help students integrate sustainability strategies into their own lives.

  • Instructor:  Orion Walker
  • Email: Please email the instructor with any questions about the course at
    After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: See link from course listing in Webadvisor. Total cost for books is about $75.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week, per unit reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class.
  • Assignments & Tests: See Syllabus.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.