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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Environmental Studies

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in RC Environmental Studies

Wolverine Access Subject listing for ENVRNSTD

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Most RC courses are open to LS&A students and may be used to meet distribution requirements.

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, 124, and 240 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.


ENVRNSTD 270/NR&E 270. Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Marie Curran (lcurran@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An interdisciplinary foundation of the concepts and strategies of sustainability from an ecological, economic, and socio-political perspective. The quest for sustainable development is the most critical, yet challenging, issue of our times. Defining what sustainable development is and how it ought to be accomplished is profoundly influencing government, academics, business, science, and people's culture and livelihoods at the local, national, and global scale. The disciplines of ecology, economics, sociology, and politics are experiencing major paradigm shifts that seek to re-address our proper role and influence on the planet and its resources. Is knowledge (traditional, scientific, and/or technical) relevant for addressing issues of sustainability? Can more accurate pricing, accounting and open markets redress environmental degradation and resource depletion? What are we sustaining? For whom? For how long? Who are the "stakeholders"? Are sustainability and economic growth incompatible? Is a new global ethic essential? Through readings, discussions, and assignments, we will explore the discourse, perspectives, methodologies, and limitations of interrelated disciplines all essential for charting a new common future. Full (book) case studies in environmental and natural resource issues from three major professional perspectives are presented as real working examples of how environmental policies and outcomes are shaped in practice. The aim is to foster critical thinking and to evaluate what we all can contribute to the pursuit of a sustainable biosphere.

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ENVRNSTD 291. Special Topics in Environmental Studies.

Section 001 THE SCIENCE AND POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARMING. (2 credits) Meets 1/8-3/12

Instructor(s): Henry N Pollack, Lana B Pollack

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in environmental studies. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated three times, for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Few scientific topics have captured the public's attention in recent years as much as climate change. But as interesting and complex as the science underlying the investigations of climate change may be, it is paralleled by an equally fascinating debate in the national and international political arena. This undergraduate seminar will explore the relationship between scientific knowledge and speculation about climate change, and the political forces at work shaping national policy about environmental issues in general, and global warming in particular. The course consists of lectures, readings, discussions, and a term-paper. The grade/evaluation is based on attendance, participation in discussion, and term paper.

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ENVRNSTD 391. Sustainability and the Campus.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Badgley, Shriberg

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in environmental studies, global change, or related field. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the university in terms of the sustainability of its facilities, grounds, uses of materials, and curriculum. This year, the course will focus on university housing (buildings, energy use, waste management, food services, and grounds). Principles of sustainability are introduced and developed in the context of a university campus. Through readings, field trips, and lectures (including guest lectures by people who help to run the university), students become familiar with many aspects of the Ann Arbor campus. Comparison is made with sustainable practices at other university campuses as well as with industry standards. Students keep a notebook of design ideas and critiques, write two short research papers, and conduct a group project on an environmental audit of some aspect of housing. This project becomes the basis of a longer report and presentation to the class and to relevant university administrators.

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ENVRNSTD 415/RC Nat. Sci. 415. Science and Politics.

Section 001 Steam Engines & Computers: From Industrial Proletarians to Information Workers. Meets with RC Social Science 360.001.

Instructor(s): O'Donnell

Prerequisites & Distribution: One college-level science course. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See RC Natural Science 415.001.

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ENVRNSTD 421. Practicum in Environmental Problems.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240 and cognates pertinent to the study. Permission must be granted by Director prior to enrollment. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study. Directed research on environmental problems. By individual arrangement between student and faculty sponsor. Requires permission of the Director prior to enrollment.

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