Global Environmental Issues


Undergraduate level | 4th semester | Compulsory Unit | ΓΕ1802


Credit Units ECTS: 5 

Teaching Hours (Weekly): 3   

Course Type: General Background

Prequisites: --

Teaching and Examination Language: Greek

For Erasmus students study course and exams are offered in English.

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Course Material

Introduction to the global environmental problems, Reasoning behind the ecological crisis. Overpopulation and the hunt for the limited natural resources, Introduction to demography, Noise pollution, Electromagnetic pollution

Introduction to the Atmosphere: its properties, Air pollutants, Smog, Indoor air pollution, Ozone depletion, Greenhouse effect and global warming

Learning Outcomes

The course introduces the students to the global environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on the atmospheric pollution. At the end of the semester the students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the key causes for the global environmental crisis
  • Recognize the relationship among overpopulation, human food production and environmental products
  • Discuss the positive and negative impact of urbanization
  • Describe the key atmospheric mechanisms
  • Describe the key mechanisms of global warming, ozone depletion, and smog

General Skills

  • Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information using the relevant ICT techniques
  • Decision making
  • Personal adaption to new data
  • Autonomous study
  • Work in an interdisciplinary background
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Demonstration of social, professional and ethical responsibility
  • Demonstration of susceptibility to gender issues
  • Promotion of free, creative and deductive thinking

Learning and Teaching Techniques - Evaluation

Teaching Methods: Face to face

Use of ICT: Use of digital slides in lectures, Asynchronous E-learning platform, Communication with students via email

Course Organization:

ActivitySemester Work Load
Lectures 39
Student self-study 86
Total 125

 Assessment Methods:

The assessment of students is performed via the final written exam which includes short answers and solution of exercises. For students with special educational needs, assessment is performed via oral examination

Suggested Bibliography

  • Γεωργόπουλος, Α. (2002). «Γη, ένας μικρός και εύθραυστος πλανήτης», Εκδόσεις Gutenberg, Αθήνα.
  • G. Tyler Miller, Jr (1999). Βιώνοντας στο Περιβάλλον Ι και ΙΙ, Εκδόσεις ΙΩΝ
  • Γεντεκάκης Ι. (1999). «Ατμοσφαιρική ρύπανση» Εκδόσεις Τζιόλας, Θεσ¬σαλονίκη
  • B.J. Nebel and R.T. Wright (2000). Environmental Science, 7th Ed., Prentice Hall.
  • Cunnigham & Saigo (2001). Environmental Science, A Global Concern, McGraw –Hill

Relevant scientific journals

  • Population and Environment
  • Atmospheric Environment
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