Sustainability RAP Fall 2014

Combine your personal and 
academic interests with this RAP!    

This RAP is a wonderful opportunity for students who are passionate about the environment.

When you join this RAP you will... 

  • Learn about crucial environmental challenges facing the world today and explore ways to address these challenges in your own life.  
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with other students committed to understanding environmental issues and learning about how to be involved in opportunities for change.
  • Engage with faculty leaders to discuss and identify ways to pursue your academic and/or career goals.

You hear a lot about sustainability these days, but maybe you're not really sure what it means or how it affects you-or what you can do about it...

You're interested in and/or concerned about:

  • Global warming
  • The relationship between the earth and its people
  • Your own place in the global landscape
  • Popular environmental themes of water, air, energy, climate, food and/or sustainability

If this sounds like you, and you want to learn more about these important issues, then you definitely need to check out this RAP!   

A key component of the program is to introduce you to a broad range of environmental topics from varying perspectives. 

Specific Course Information

"Hunger in the Global Economy" (Resource Economics 121)

Here is a messge about the class from Abdul Kadwai, the instructor:

Hunger in a global economy is one of the most important questions that we face today. One can argue that it is the question. After all, modern human civilization owes its existence to the development of agriculture.

The problem of hunger is a multi-faceted one and therefore can be dealt with a variety of perspectives. For this course, we will examine the problem through the methods of analysis in social sciences, with a particular focus on techniques developed in economics. 

The goal would be to use these methods to engage with fundamental questions - where and why does hunger exist? And why does it persist? What policy responses have been formulated? What are the limitations of these responses? Of course, these methods cannot give us a definitive answer but they can enable us to highlight some key issues.

We will examine the inter-connectedness of the global economy and how the production, consumption and distribution of food fits into it. We will draw upon qualitative and quantitative evidence to grasp this complex challenge. By the end of the course, we will have an understanding of the central issues and familiarity with the key debates related to hunger in our global economy.

RAP Seminar

The unique 1-credit RAP seminar will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Participate in lively discussions exploring sustainability issues from multiple perspectives
  • Hear about research and study opportunities from guest faculty speakers
  • Investigate topics like pollution rights, carbon trading, the economics of green industry and  environmental policies 
  • Engage in dynamic group projects
  • Explore the surrounding area on field trips

A background in the sciences is acceptable, though not necessary for participation in this program!


Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 


Fall 2014

ALL students in the Sustainability RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar" -UNIV 190R
1 credit


"Hunger in the Global Economy"- Resource Economics 121 (Gen Ed SBG),
4 credits


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in the residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area



Students will live together in Mary Lyon Hall in Northeast area of campus. 

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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