Environmental Studies Courses (Division 366)

The Environmental Studies Program is designed to complement a student's training in a particular academic discipline. Although the name "Environmental Studies" suggests that the Program is limited to the study of the environment, the Environmental Studies Program offers courses concerned with human-environment relations and what humans are like, as well as what the physical environment is like. The Program is not a concentration program although a student may emphasize environmental studies in the LSA Individual Concentration Program (ICP). Interested students should contact the Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor Stephen Kaplan, at 3418 Mason Hall (764-0426).

The program offers Environmental Studies 320 as its introductory course. This course introduces students to the wide range of disciplines in the College and University which relate to environmental issues. Second-level courses provide a variety of perspectives from which to view and analyze areas of environmental concern. Since the spectrum of courses offered at this level varies from year to year, students should consult the Time Schedule for current information. Third-level courses include Environmental Studies 420 and 421. They enable students versed in environmental studies to focus on a particular issue. The student is responsible for defining a plan of study, enlisting others with similar interests (if appropriate), and locating a faculty member willing to supervise. In addition to the multidisciplinary approach to the study of human-environment relations reflected in these courses, the Program offers a number of cross-listed courses which analyze humans and the environment from the perspective of a given discipline.

320. Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).

This course presents a broad overview of environmental issues. Its approach is both multi-and inter-disciplinary with lectures given by a wide range of specialists each addressing a specific environmental topic from the vantage point of the speaker's own area of expertise. The lecturers come from different departments and schools within the University, thus providing the student with a variety of perspectives. The typical format for the class will consist of an hour long lecture, perhaps illustrated by slides or film, followed by questions and discussion. There will always be an opportunity to challenge and question the guest lecturer and the student is encouraged to do so. Lecture topics range from cultural attitudes toward the natural environmental influences on human health, from physical characteristics of oceans to utilization of various sources of energy. Weekly discussion sessions with T.A.'s provide further opportunity to examine environmental issues and attitudes and to explore possible solutions. In addition to class and section participation students will be required to keep logs of course related readings of their own selection. The logs will be organized into 6-12 page papers demonstrating the student's considered reflection on specific environmental issues of interest to the student. The logs will be handed in periodically for comment and grading. There will not be a final examination. (T. Huntington)

355/Psych. 476. Environmental Psychology. Psych. 443 or 444; or introductory psychology and Environ. Studies 320. (3). (Excl).

See Psychology 476. (Talbot, De Young)

408/Phil. 357. Ecology: A Philosophical Perspective. (3). (HU).

See Philosophy 357. (Mavrodes)


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