Options in Environmental Studies, Short Course

Options in Environmental Studies, Short Course

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Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Environmental Studies, such as ''Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century''; ''Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impact, and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis'' and ''Green Infrastructure: Alternative Approaches to Ecosystem and Water Quality Restoration''.

About

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Environmental Studies may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s course options website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

To inspire and enable people to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability, we have created a course to enhance individual change agency skills as applied to a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, nonprofit, church, community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is, and guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, interpersonal, organizational, and technical dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are addressed. A variety of specific case studies and examples of sustainability in practice, including everything from green building design and renewable energy to environmental purchasing are explored. Interdependencies between finance, politics, relationships, capacity building, technology and more are discussed. Students leave with an experiential knowledge of change management because they are required to complete a project involving a real life change leadership project of their choice. Students typically find this project to be both deeply rewarding and central to the development of their knowledge and confidence as change managers.

Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impact, and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis

This course introduces students to the science of climate change, drawing attention to the latest research and the evolving pattern of scientific data on climate that has emerged in recent years. In addition, emphasis is given to analyzing the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely have to make as the Earth's climate continues to change in the coming years. Special attention is given to the diplomatic efforts that have been launched since the creation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) in 1992.

Green Infrastructure: Alternative Approaches to Ecosystem and Water Quality Restoration

This course examines a broad range of emerging technologies that are designed to restore water quality and ecosystem health using natural (green) processes that incorporate recycling of nutrients and provide attractive alternatives to conventional technologies. Examples of green infrastructure (GI) explored in the course include constructed wetlands, rain gardens, bioretention systems, vegetated buffers, green roofs, blue roofs, green walls, phytoremediation, permeable reactive barriers, shellfish bed restoration, aquaculture, fertigation systems, and ecotoilets. These technologies show significant promise for water quality and ecosystem restoration, with many co-benefits including resiliency to climate change, low energy costs, low maintenance, and local job creation. The course includes two field trips. First, we travel to Cape Cod to visit sites where these technologies are being piloted and to meet with organizations and individuals who are engaged in watershed planning and permitting as part of the Cape Cod Section 208 Water Quality Plan, an innovative regional planning process conducted by the Cape Cod Commission and authorized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Second we visit multiple sites in Cambridge where green infrastructure has been constructed and learn the background for the projects, how they function, and costs/hurdles encountered in the development. The course provides an opportunity to learn about green infrastructure, the principles of designing emerging technologies, what the technologies are, how they are being utilized, barriers and hurdles for their adoption, and an adaptive management process that can enable the integration of these technologies into our society by managing risks and optimizing benefits.

Registration opens March 1, 2017 for the following three summer sessions:
  • Seven-week session: June 17–August 5, 2017
  • Three-week session I: June 17–July 7, 2017
  • Three-week session II: July 9–July 28, 2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    4 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

Programme Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Environmental Studies may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s program website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
  • Environmental Management
  • Fundamentals for Organizational Sustainability
  • Energy and Carbon in the New Economy
  • Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
  • Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impact, and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis
  • Sustainable Finance and Investments
  • Conservation Biology and Sustainable Management of Forested Landscapes
  • International Environmental Governance, Policy, and Social Justice
  • Environmental Crises and Systems Collapse: Lessons on the Importance of Resilience and Adaptation
  • Sustainable Product Design and the Innovation Ecosystem
  • Environmental Economics
  • Law for Sustainability
  • Green Infrastructure: Alternative Approaches to Ecosystem and Water Quality Restoration
  • Environmental and Health Impacts of International Programs
  • Water, Health, and Sustainable Development
  • Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development
  • The Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services
  • Crafting the Thesis Proposal
  • Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Independent Research Capstone
  • Consulting with Clients for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For all programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Summer School. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency, unless you are an admitted degree candidate in Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, or a Harvard graduate or professional school.

Visa Requirements

The F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you if your main reason for coming to the United States is to attend a Harvard Summer School session on campus.

To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
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  • National Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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Tuition fee:
  • 3050 USD 4 credit course
  • 6100 USD 8 credit course

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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