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Fall term, four units, required for both MLA 1 and MLA AP students taking the third LA core-studio. Ecological Principles for Design (Steven Handel). The fundamentals of ecological science are introduced towards investigating, understanding, and shaping landscape structure, function and change....
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course will examine natural and anthropogenic processes affecting the coastal zone and nearshore environment. Ecological principles and their application to design and planning will be emphasized. Topics will include coastal wetland development, sediment movement in estuaries and long-shore,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course reviews the policy landscape around food and farming in rich and poor countries. This is a highly contested landscape, with scientists, commercial farmers, agribusiness and food companies, environmentalists, consumer organizations, and social justice advocates often holding sharply...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
As a scarce and necessary resource for earthly activity, land triggers competition and conflict over its possession, use, development, and preservation. For privately owned land, the market manages much of the competition through its familiar allocative price-setting features. At the same time,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
This course aims to inspire and enable students to lead effective change toward environmental sustainability in a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, nonprofit, church, community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is and guides students...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately nine percent of the global economy, from economic and environmental management viewpoints. It provides students with an understanding of how the tourism business operates, primarily focusing...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
An interdisciplinary exploration of Darwin’s ideas and their impact on science and society. The course links the history of Darwin’s ideas with the key features of modern evolutionary biology. Darwin’s celebrated book On the Origin of Species provided a compelling solution to one of science’s most...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, claim thousands of lives and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage each year. Moreover, changes in Earth’s climate are raising sea level, changing precipitation patterns, and likely causing an increase in the occurrence of...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The story of Earth from the inception of the universe at the Big Bang to the revolution in planetary function and capability associated with the rise of human civilization. The aim of the course is to place human beings in a universal and planetary context, and to see the steps in planetary...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Introduces students to the environmental aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. We will study the fundamental physical chemical properties, characterization, environmental implications, and environmental applications of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. Case studies from recent publications on...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Understanding the dynamics of complex ecological and environmental systems and designing policies to promote their sustainability is a formidable challenge. Both the practitioner and policymaker must be able to evaluate scientific research, recognizing fundamental pitfalls in research design and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
The media play a unique role in shaping public understanding, policy, and political debate about controversial climate, energy, and environmental issues around the world. However, as mainstream news outlets shrink, the Internet provides a growing global megaphone for confusing and often...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
(Previously offered as IGA-944.) Sustainable development—promoting human well-being while conserving the life-supporting services of the natural environment over the long run—has emerged as a central challenge of the 21st century. This course explores interdisciplinary approaches for harnessing...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
This course is designed to teach an understanding of the basic principles of water pollution and water pollution issues on local, regional and global scales. The course will begin with a discussion of the basic chemical, physical and biological properties of water and water contaminants. Subsequent...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
This is an interdisciplinary graduate-level and advanced undergraduate-level course in which students explore topics in molecular microbiology, microbial diversity, and microbially-mediated geochemistry in depth. This course will be taught by faculty from the Microbial Sciences Initiative. Topics...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
A solution to the problems set by the intersection of global energy demand and climate feedbacks requires the teaching of physics and chemistry in that context. Core topics include thermodynamics, free energy, entropy, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, electromagnetic...
Research Areas: Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
Energy is the lifeblood of economic activity, and there is little prospect of this changing. However, the planet’s stores of easily accessed fossil fuels are limited, and the climatological cost of continuing to rely on fossil fuels is high. This course examines the long run and short run prospects...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course is the second of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture. The objective of the course is to continue the study of environmental considerations in architectural design.The course will cover building systems and...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
After a review of what is currently known about greenhouse gas emissions’ possible impact on climate and of how such knowledge is acquired, the seminar will explore the possible impact of climate change on social and economic conditions over the next century.  Participants will investigate possible...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Do you think you know who Charles Darwin was?  The legend and sober-looking bearded scholar behind the most important paradigm shift in human history?  In this seminar, we will read a selection of Darwin's publications (including parts of Darwin's seminal work, On the Origin of Species), as well as...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
A comprehensive introduction to global geophysics. This course serves as a bridge between introductory Earth science courses (EPS 21, EPS 22) and higher level courses in EPS. Topics include: plate tectonics, the Earth's composition, thermal state and rheology, mantle convection, the geodynamo, the...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
In this course, we explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet. We critically review published studies and other assessments that evaluate the environmental and social impact of food-related products and processes. We...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Human Health
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course provides a set of tools and skills to identify, evaluate, and improve the sustainability of supply chain operations. It enables students to understand core concepts of industrial and commercial activities so that they are able to design sustainable manufacturing and service operations....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course examines application of epidemiologic methods to environmental and occupational health problems. Objectives are to review methods used in evaluating the health effects of physical and chemical agents in the environment, to review available evidence on the health effects of such...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
This course offers a comprehensive overview of gaseous and particulate air pollutants. It will emphasize pollutant sources, physical and chemical properties, sampling and analysis, chemical transformation, atmospheric transport, fate, and potential for adverse health and environmental impacts. It...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Epigenetics is a fast growing field, with increasing applicability in environmental and epidemiology studies, focusing on the alterations in chromatin structure that can stably and heritably influence gene expression. Epigenetic changes can be as profound as those exerted by mutation, but, unlike...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale for the first time in history. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Harvard Medical School
Season: Spring
The connection between health, well-being, and place is a complex one with many dimensions. This class focuses on four topics that will be important in coming decades: a place, suburbia; a population, older people; a method, neighborhood health assessment; and an implementation strategy, multi-...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Human Health
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This seminar will present an overview of topics in food law and policy, and will examine how these laws shape what we eat. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to a range of issues impacting the food system from farm to fork to landfill. In the past few years, major news stories have...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Spring, Fall
Fishes inhabit diverse aquatic environments including deep seas, intertidal zones, coral reefs, polar waters, the vast Amazonian basin, and great East African lakes. A single fish species may occupy diverse environments through extraordinary long distance horizontal and vertical migrations. To...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This general microbiology course will focus on the genetics, cell biology, and physiology of microorganisms. The goal of this course is to give the students a broad overview of microbial physiology in the context of disease and environmental applications. The course will primarily consist of...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course explores corporate sustainability from the perspective of large, multinational corporations. We focus on the management tools available to corporations and how they can drive sustainability into a company at all levels, providing a balance between environmental stewardship, social...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
The multidisciplinary application of epidemiology, molecular biology and genetics, pathogenesis, drug discovery, immunology and vaccine development, and economic analysis to understanding and combating major threats to human health in developing countries. Emphasis will be on critical readings and...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.Notes: ...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
In the face of failures and dysfunction at the national level, there is growing excitement about the welfare- and democracy-enhancing potential of cities. Yet, not all cities are able to realize their promise as engines of economic growth and human development. Why some fail, while others succeed...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring

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