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To promote critical thinking about environmental issues and the science and economics associated with them and to practice using social theory in the environmental area.
To ensure familiarity with mainstream thinking about environmental issues as embodied in the concept of sustainable development.
To provide exposure to alternative views, philosophies and ways of thinking that can be applied to environmental problems.
To encourage independent examination of possible solutions and courses of action for reducing or avoiding environmental problems.
To develop and improve oral presentation, research and writing skills.