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Environmental engineering is a crucially important field in a world that is beset with social problems and environmental crises. These modern problems and crises are mostly a direct result of bad decisions and harmful actions taken in the course of history by human beings. In a very broad sense of the term, we have “engineered” the problems facing society and nature today, and it is up to us to engineer our way clear of them and into a world that is amenable to a healthy and fulfilling life for all, using better knowledge and wiser judgment.
The course aims to present the subject with a good latitude of coverage, examining its development and practice in a holistic way, so that its place in assisting graduates to deal with environmental problems and offer solutions will be meaningful. Students should come out of the course with:
- a basic familiarity with the environmental issues of today (e.g. population growth, pollution, resource depletion, diminishing bio-diversity),
- a basic familiarity with various approaches (e.g. ecological science, resource economics, environmental law, environmental ethics),
- familiarity with environmental management techniques and technologies at a level appropriate for a practicing professional (e.g. cost-benefit analyses, impact assessments, ameliorative technologies, appropriate technology choices).