This course explores the importance of soil resources for environmental and socioeconomic sustainability. Soil science will be introduced and referenced throughout the semester, but the majority of the course will focus on soil’s value to societies. Specific topics that will be explored include soil geography, historical abuses of soil resources, and current conservation efforts. Local and international studies will be examined. The textbook will set the theme for the course, but journal articles and other relevant writings will be used for discussion.