The quest for harmony between humans and the natural world requires understanding of nature, society, and our individual selves. The program in Environmental Studies encourages students to supplement their training in particular academic disciplines by exploring aspects of natural science, social science, and the humanities. The Program is not a concentration program, although a student may emphasize environmental studies in the LS&A Individual Concentration Program (ICP).
Environmental Studies 123 and 320 both offer broad overviews of the field and serve as introductions to more advanced work. Environmental Studies 420 and 421 offer opportunities for independent study. In these courses 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 the work. Environmental Studies 450 is a Capstone Seminar providing the opportunity for seniors, particularly those pursuing ICPs, to work together to compare diverse perspectives on human values and the environment.
Courses on environmental issues are offered by many different departments and programs in LS&A as well as in other colleges of the university. Students interested in the environment should explore each issue of the Time Schedule thoroughly, because many appropriate courses are offered at irregular intervals under unpredictable headings. Of particular interest are some of the University Courses.
320. Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).
This overview of environmental issues emphasizes their human dimension. Its primary objective is to help students become more ecologically literate, able to think critically about environmental issues, to know how to find and evaluate information on them, and to understand their historical, social, and political dimensions. While the class addresses some scientific aspects of the environment, it focuses on how history, literature, and the social sciences contribute to our understanding of environmental concerns. Different speakers in the class discuss environmental topics from different perspectives, so students see how assumptions shape interpretation of the "facts." Students are encouraged to challenge and question the lecturers. Weekly discussion sections permit exploration of environmental issues, attitudes, and possible solutions. Students complete several assignments and a group project. The written work includes critical analyses of lectures and related articles. The course requires a high level of student participation and initiative. Cost:2 WL:4 (Ryan)
360/Geology 280. Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
See Geological Sciences 280. (Kesler)
407. Culture as Environment. Environ.
Studies 320 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 – Culture as Environment. For Fall Term, 1995, this course is offered jointly with English 317.003. (Knott)
450. Human Values and the Environment. Environ. Studies 320 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Reading, critical analysis, and discussion of major texts dealing with the history of environmental change, the growing awareness of environmental issues, earth-friendly life styles, and the approach to sustainable economic and political systems. Grades will be based on written work and class participation. Limited to 15 juniors or seniors. Cost:2 WL:3 (Walker)
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