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Environment and society interact on scales from the local to the global. This course explores these interactions and introduces students to the interdisciplinary methods of environmental studies. We will investigate the social, political, and historical aspects of environmental problems — including environmental racism, species extinction, climate change, and more — as well as their possible solutions. We will survey policy-making and activism in a variety of contexts and will examine art, literature, film, music, maps, advertisements, and other cultural objects. Throughout the course, we will ask how unequal distributions of power affect people and environments. Case studies, readings, discussions, and field exercises will help students develop their understanding how natural systems influence and are influenced by human activities.
Format: lecture; Fall 2020: The two sections of the course will be taught entirely online (Howe) or in a hybrid format accommodating both students on campus & those learning remotely (Merleaux). Both sections will be divided into small discussion groups meeting once per week. Some meetings may be scheduled outside of the allotted time block. Course includes a mix of synchronous & asynchronous online work, including video lectures, writing workshops, virtual field trips, reading annotation, and discussion forums.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
participation, in-class exercises, several short writing assignments (varying from 2-5 pages)
Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
required course for the Environmental Studies major and concentration
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