Coastal Sustainability Concentration
A shopping bag found in the intertidal zone by PCGS student Patrick B. on his internship in Ireland with CoastWatch
All students in the M.A. program in Global Sustainability must complete the core requirements (18 credits), at least one concentration (6 credits), and two elective courses (6 credits).
Core course for this concentration are offered fully online, fully on-campus, or in a combination. Coastal Sustainability concentration course are currently only offered on-campus.
The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Coastal Sustainability will provide students knowledge of the history and development of the planning process and implementation, the global issues related to coastal planning including the nine planetary boundaries, and implementation strategies. Students will also be provided knowledge of community development with a particular focus on coastal habitat and marine environments.
Required Courses (6 credit hours):
IDS 6240 – Coastal sustainability: Principles and Concepts (3)
The course provides an overview of land use planning, introduces sustainable/smart growth principles and provide specific development concepts for coastal and waterfront communities. The course will define and explain coastal resilience. It will introduce cover a holistic approach to what makes a community resilient, including such factors as social capital and sense of place. The course will also explore the societal context of land use planning and proposes a model for understanding and reconciling the divergent priorities among competing stakeholders; it explains how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios; and it sets forth a methodology for creating plans that will influence future land use change.
IDS 6241 – Coastal sustainability: Strategies and Implementation (3)
The course provides has a strong design-oriented approach focusing on how to create Sustainable Coastal Plans and explaining each major step with examples from various localities. It links each step to current planning practice and to new theory in landscape ecology and sustainable development. The course will provide a framework of sustainable land use planning and proposes a model for preparing and implementing plans within a context of divergent priorities among competing stakeholders; it will show how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios; and set forth a methodology for creating plans that will influence future land use change.
On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Understand the principles and concept of sustainable/smart growth for coastal communities
- Describe the primary drivers that influence growth and development patterns
- Recognize social, environmental impacts and benefits of various development patterns
- Understand and explain complex environmental issues, including climate change, and examine current sustainability efforts
- Assess the current state of growth and development in coastal communities
- Employ “best practices” resources and tools, such as mapping and zoning techniques to further alternative sustainable planning and growth efforts in coastal areas
- Communicate effectively about coastal planning and development
- Relate sustainable coastal planning and development to divergent development priorities among competing stakeholders
- Understand how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios for coastal communities
For more information about this concentration, please contact PCGS Admissions Specialist,