Nature and Society: An Introduction to Environmental Studies
This is not the current course catalog
This course introduces environmental studies as an interdisciplinary field of learning. It will provide a survey of a broad range of environmental problems, cases, and questions, from climate change to sustainable agriculture, from toxic waste to species extinction. We will also examine the intellectual traditions, authors, and historical developments that have most profoundly shaped our understanding of these issues. Keeping a constant eye on the complexities of life in the twenty-first century, we will explore the many different theories and methods that inform environmental scholarship, activism, and policy-making in a variety of cultural arenas and across geographical scales. Along the way, we will read works by philosophers, economists, journalists, historians, sociologists, and many others.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, in-class exercises, several writing assignments and a midterm and final exam
Department Notes: required course for students wishing to complete the Environmental Studies concentration
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives; ENVI Core Courses; ENVP Core Courses; ENVS Core Courses; GBST Urbanizing World Electives; SCST Elective Courses