EAS 596 - History of Environmental Thought and Activism
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Environment and Sustainability (EAS)
Department: SNE School of Natural Resources and Environment
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course uses a race, class and gender approach to examine the history of American environmental ideology and activism (1790s-present). The course has four major components. The first unit examines environmental conditions in the city (health, sanitation, housing, overcrowding, occupational safety, and open space), the rise of an urban American environmental consciousness, and activism related to urban issues. The second component examines the discourse and activism around the countryside and suburbanization. It examines the country life movement and the quest to flee the city. It also analyzes the relationship between hunting, wildlife extinction and the rise of hunting and conservation ethics. The third component examines the role of the frontier and wilderness in environmental thought and activism. It examines conquest, conservation, primitivism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism and the emergence of the preservation/conservation movement. The fourth component focuses on contemporary environmental thought; it examines the birth of the modern environmental movement and reform environmentalism. It also compares mainstream environmental thought with deep ecology, greens, ecofeminism, and environmental justice. The course also examines the way in which a person's social class, race, gender, environmental, and labor market experiences influence their environmental perceptions and the kinds of environmental ideologies they develop. The course examines the rise of major environmental paradigms and the factors that make them influential.

EAS 596 - History of Environmental Thought and Activism
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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Textbooks are required and are used early in the semester. Additional readings will be posted on the course Canvas site.
ISBN: 9780822344360
The environment and the people in American cities, 1600-1900s : disorder, inequality, and social change, Author: Taylor, Dorceta E., Publisher: Duke University Press 2010
ISBN: 9780822373971
The rise of the American conservation movement : power, privilege, and environmental protection, Author: Taylor, Dorceta E.,
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