ENVIRON 390 - Environmental Activism: Citizenship in a Republic
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
It is best to have at least one environmental course prior to this class.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Environmental Activism: Citizenship in a Republic will add a new dimension to the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Program in the Environment (PitE) by providing an understanding of the history of environmental activism in the United States, the social and cultural context of the environmental movement, and the tools of effective environmental activism.

This course will broaden the cultural and social understanding of the environmental movement and the history of environmental activism in the United States. This course will build on the existing curriculum by adding a focus on the advocacy tools that have shaped the environmental movement. It contributes a knowledge in best practices, as well as theory, in the marketing, fund raising, and organizing of social movements. Students will learn how to create and produce eco-documentaries and promotional materials. The course will explore environmental history, lawmaking, and the activists, artists, writers, and scientists who have led this movement. Speakers will include filmmakers, legislators, environmental activists and organizing professionals, as well as representatives from several non-profit organizations.

During the course of the academic term, students will be exposed to a range of materials that have shaped the environmental movement, as well as the organizations and individuals who have been leading proponents of meaningful change. Students will complete multiple independent writing assignments, including a case study of environmental activism, as well as an end-of-semester group project that builds on the themes of the course and advocates on behalf of an issue or perspective using the tools identified throughout the semester.

Course Requirements:

There will be four independent writing assignments, each assignment will follow the four sections outlined on the course syllabus, as well as the final group project in section 5. The sections are:

  1. The History of Environmental Activism in the United States
  2. The Cultural and Social Context of Environmental Activism
  3. Case Studies in Environmental Activism
  4. Tools of Environmental Advocacy and Activism
  5. Final Group Projects.

In addition, students are expected to participate in a weekly discussion using the chat feature on CTools, maintain a project report on our blog site, participate in a legislative commenting process, read all class materials, and actively engage in class discussions.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for sophomores and above who have an interest in environmental sciences, environmental law, environmental justice, environmental engineering, environmental literature, environmental journalism, as well as those students interested in learning more about the environment.

Class Format:

This class meets three hours per week in both lecture and seminar format. We will also host speakers from national organizations, government, and the sciences. All classes will be taught by the Instructor of record, with small group discussions facilitated by a gsi.

ENVIRON 390 - Environmental Activism: Citizenship in a Republic
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Coursepack Location:
Coursepack is at Dollar Bills on Church Street.
ISBN: 1597260681
Communicating nature, Author: Julia B. Corbett., Publisher: Island Press 2006
ISBN: 0061350303
Eco barons : the new heroes of environmental activism, Author: Edward Humes., Publisher: Ecco 1st Ecco p 2010
ISBN: 014311638X
Food rules : an eater's manual, Author: Michael Pollan., Publisher: Penguin Books 1st ed. 2009
ISBN: 0805092846
Oil and honey : the education of an unlikely activist, Author: McKibben, Bill.
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