Courses in NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT (DIVISION 711)

301. Ecological Issues. (4). (NS). (BS).

Lecture/discussion course for undergraduates throughout the University. Designed to appeal to students with varying interests. Most environmental problems are political. In this course we will examine not only the ecological basis of environmental problems, but also the socioeconomic and political constraints that need to be addressed to solve them. Topics covered include the loss of biodiversity, tropical deforestation, the environmental impact of high technology, agriculture, environmental racism, air and water pollution, global warming, and the emergence of new diseases due to global environmental change. An action project is required. Three lectures and one one-hour discussion per week. Readings will come primarily from the text (Making Peace with the Planet by Barry Commoner) and course pack. Grade will be based on best 6 of 7 quizzes, discussion participation and related assignments, and the final action project. Cost:2 WL:2 (Perfecto)


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