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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions about IDS 1153 - Earth Literacy
and Sustainability I

How does this course work?

In this course you will experience trips, read articles, hear speakers, eat organic food, and reflect on various ideas. All of these will involve sharing ideas and learning with others in the class.

What is Earth Literacy?

Earth literacy, in short, is comprehension of how the story of the Universe’s history and evolution affect Earth and her inhabitants.

Why should I take this course?

The most significant issues of the present and future are directly connected to how we relate to the planet. Scientists agree that the planet is in peril and our ability to reverse current trends is essential.  Knowledge gained in this course will help you, regardless of your field, find ways to harmonize with Earth.

How is this course different from others?

The topics in the course cross many disciplines and cover a wide range of subjects including but not limited to, sustainability, ecology, culture, spirituality, history and agriculture. The format is primarily experiential, discussion and very participatory. You will be able to contribute to some aspects of the course structure. There will be two field experiences. There will not be long lectures.

How does this course count in my Miami Dade College experience?

It is an elective that is part of the 24 hour elective block and as such will count as any other elective does to an AA degree. It is transferable to other institutions for credit. It will be on your transcript.

 Do I need the professor’s permission to register?


Are there any prerequisites?

No. This course is open to all students from any major. Students must be English proficient, so it is not open to students below the advanced English as a Second Language level.


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Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
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