Inclusion in a GSELS course
In order to determine if a
section of a course qualifies for designation as
GSELS-related, faculty will assess whether the
course section helps students build skills
and act on at least three of the 20 objectives
Students will be able to:
Explain the principles and ethical implications
of the Earth Charter.
Describe the roles of personal and social
responsibility in protecting Earth’s abundance
and beauty for future generations.
Justify the significance of upholding the right
of all living beings to a natural and social
environment supportive of dignity, health and
well-being in bringing about global
Describe the relationship between respect for
Earth, including life in all its diversity, and
human and/or ecological health.
Explain how cultural diversity, tolerance,
compassion, nonviolence and peace contribute to
Outline the history of Earth and the evolution
Examine situations and issues from a systemic
Explain how feedback loops affect systems.
Explain how humans can learn from nature to
create resilient and efficient solutions.
Discuss how access to education, health care and
economic prosperity affect global
Illustrate how uncontaminated air, water, and
soil are fundamental to healthy living systems.
Analyze the interdependence of society,
economics, and nature at local, regional, and
Discuss the relationship between poverty,
ethics, health, society, and the environment.
Compare and contrast human actions and attitudes
toward the community of life and their impact on
Evaluate economic activity and institutions by
their contribution to society in the larger
Diagnose/research the impact of human activities
on living systems, with consideration for these
systems’ limits, complexity, and diversity.
Explain the precautionary principle and identify
how it can be employed to prevent unintended
impacts on human and/or ecological systems.
Document democratic principles that enhance
global sustainability and peace.
Apply knowledge to engage in behavior that
fosters ecological sustainability.
Display personal and social responsibility
toward achieving global sustainability through
service learning/civic engagement.