Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Environmental Studies (Division 366)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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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.


Environ. St. 123/Geol. 123/AOSS 123. Life and the Global Environment.

Instructor(s): James Walker (jcgw@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Environ. Studies 361. (2). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

How human beings interact with the natural environment, including the physical and chemical environment and living creatures. Topics include: the cowboy mentality and the need for environmental ethics, the causes and consequences of climate change, air pollution and energy, the ozone emergency and its lessons, the environmental impact of neoclassical economics, and environmental responsibility. Instruction is by lectures, films, assigned reading, and computer exercises. Grades are based on homework and frequent short quizzes. The text is Environmental Science: A Global Concern (3rd or 4th edition) by W.P. Cunningham and B.W. Saigo, William C. Brown Publishers, 1995.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Environ. St. 240(320)/RC Interdiv. 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet: Introduction to Environmental Studies.

Instructor(s): Burger

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W99/EST240/index.html

This course is an introduction to the big questions about environmental degradation, resource consumption, and quality of life for people, now and in the future. We survey the environmental state of the world in 1999, including the health of physical systems such as climate and water, the biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and human habitations and quality of life around the world. We review the physical and biological processes that make the earth a life-support system. Also, we survey policies and economics of resource use and the ways in which different societies consume resources. Linking these themes is the outlook for a sustainable future, in terms of the size of the human population and the quality of life, the status of other species, and the integrity of physical systems. About 1/4 of the lectures are given by guest speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. Sections involve discussion of readings, field trips, and collaboration on projects. Students keep a journal, write research paper, design individual and group projects, and take two essay exams. Texts include Ishmael (Quinn), Global Ecology in Human Perspective (Southwick), and a course pack. Lectures: Tu, Th, 12-1. Discussion section: one two-hour meeting per week.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Environ. St. 402. Special Problems in Environmental Studies.

Section 001 Planning the Metropolitan Region: Sprawl, Environment and Race. Meets with American Culture 301.001. Freshmen/sophomores must get permission of the instructor to enroll

Instructor(s): Patrick McGovern (patmcgov@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will examine environmental planning, patterns of land use, and racial change in U.S. metropolitan regions. We will focus on the metropolitan region and consider the decline of central cities, suburban sprawl, and the formation of edge cities. The course will examine how urban planners and policymakers can intervene in ongoing processes to revitalize central cities, contain sprawl, reverse environmental degradation, and address social equity. The course will include a set of case studies from different regions, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, and the local case of Detroit. We will examine the recent history of each case and the specific issues of physical development, environmental degradation, and racial inequality in each region. No prerequisites.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Environ. St. 407. Culture as Environment.

Section 001 Literature of the American Wilderness. Meets with English 317.004

Instructor(s): John Knott

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 317.004.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Environ. St. 420. 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 of critical environmental problems. The student is responsible for defining a plan of study, enlisting others with similar interests if appropriate, and locating a faculty member to supervise the work.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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