ECO2500 Intro to Urban Ecology

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Deborah Hersha

Course Description

Explores the basic principles of ecology and how those principles present themselves in urban settings. We examine the historical/present day diversity of urban centers, including the benefits/detriments of such aggregation of peoples across various temporal and geographical scales. We will garner a sense of the “needs” related to stewarding God’s creation and those needs of humanity created in these environs, in particular, the one in which we live. We also brainstorm ideas of missional outreach one can develop and implement in an effort to fulfill the “dominion principle” (Genesis 1:26-28) and to further our Lord’s Kingdom.

How This Course Will Benefit Students

Learners will gain an understanding of the socio-ecological issues related to the current migration of persons to urban centers. They will also explore what the Bible teaches in terms of stewardship of our Lord’s creation and how that might apply in the current and future issues affecting life in urban centers. Learners will examine the variety of missional opportunities available in these circumstances at various geographical scales. Most importantly they will explore the missional opportunities available to them in their own backyard.

Why This Course Is Important

Urban Ecology is a course that is beneficial to the learner in that the discussion highlights where the current missional areas are located on the planet. These missional opportunities is not what one expects given historically, missional fields have been in undevelopment nations and the rural setting of a region. Today, 54% of the world population lives in urban areas. By 2050, it is projected that over 90% of the world population will live in urban centers. With the overcrowded nature of urban living, there are plenty of problems arising that need understood and solved. In addition, these circumstances create a suite of persons that are marginalized. What is it that we need to understand? What are the major problems? How will these problems be mitigated? Does the Bible weigh in on these issues and how? Learners will discover the ecological and social issues related to the influx of population into urban areas. They will also explore the explosion of missional opportunities in urban centers and especially the one they live in. Learners will discover how the Bible provides a plethora of example of urban life and how it directs believers to be good stewards of our Lord’s creation.