ENVI 243
Reimagining Rivers Fall 2018
Division II
Cross-listed ANTH 243 / ENVI 243
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Rivers are the circulatory systems of civilization, yet for much of modern history they have been treated as little more than sewers, roads, and sources of power. Today they are in crisis. Rivers and the people who rely on them face a multitude of problems, including climate change, pollution, unsustainable agriculture, and ill-conceived dams. These problems will threaten human rights, public health, political stability, and cultural identities far into the future unless we learn to manage rivers more justly and sustainably. Can we reimagine rivers before it is too late? This course will pursue this question by examining the social, cultural, and political dimensions of conflict over rivers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Combining approaches from a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines and focusing on case studies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, it will explore a diverse array of sources: film, fiction, ethnography, history, journalism, legal texts, and more.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1560
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page papers and several short response papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 243 Division II ENVI 243 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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