In 1961, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the global dangers of what he called the “military-industrial complex.” In this course, we will interrogate the military-scientific complex, or the imbrication of militarism and scientific knowledge. This tutorial takes up a number of environmental themes, including the role of environmental science within military campaigns, conservation and environmental racism, nuclear waste and ecological contamination. Surveying conflicts from World War II through the present-day War on Terror, this course will investigate how environmental scientists, politicians, soldiers, activists, and artists have grappled with the intertwined legacies of science and militarism. Students will engage a range of textual materials including books, films, photographs, and news reports.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: Course requirements include bi-weekly response papers (5-7 pages) and tutorial discussions.
Enrollment Preferences: ENVI and STS majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Over the course of the semester, students will write 5 papers (5-7 pages each). They will receive bi-weekly detailed feedback on their writing from the professor and their tutorial partner. This feedback will include advice on strengthening their argumentation and use of textual evidence, as well as grammar and usage suggestions/corrections. Students will be graded on the portfolio of papers, with specific attention to how they have incorporated feedback in each subsequent paper.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives