Course Listing Environment and Society

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41.367 Environmental Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4977
Status Active

Examines the legal and administrative problems of protecting the quality of the human environment. Federal and state legislation on environmental policy is studied. Public interest litigation as a supplement to the enforcement of environmental law is discussed. Places emphasis on the law as a means of protecting the environment.

42.249 Literature on Technology and Human Values Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5060
Status Active

A study of the relationship between works of fiction, cultural attitudes toward technology, and social values.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.324 Writing About Place Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5111
Status Active

Writers throughout time have been thoroughly grounded in place. Students in this course will read and write on a variety of topics: travel, cities, suburbs, dwelling places, nature, environmental issues, etc., in a variety of genres: creative non-fiction, essays, journalism, short stories, poetry, journals. This course will be held in a workshop format with strong emphasis on revision.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II and 42.227 Essay Writing/Eng Majors or 42.229 Essay Writing.

43.301 The World of Things: Consumer Cultures in the Modern West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5257
Status Active

This course will examine the emergence and historical impact of consumer cultures in the modern West, from the eighteenth century through the present. Topics to be covered will include the emergence of spaces of consumption (the home, the commercial/spectacular metropolis, the department store, the shopping mall, the tourist site), changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, the construction of modern social identities of class, gender, generation and race through consumption, and political struggles over consumption.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 43.106 The Modern World or the permission of the instructor.

43.316 American Environmental History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5272
Status Active

This course explores the environmental history of early America and the United States from the end of the last ice age (c. 12,500 years ago) to the present. It examines the role played by nature as an historical agent as well as the relationship between human communities and the physical and organic environment. Course themes include evolving land use, the environmental significance of industrial capitalism, urban public health, resource conservation and wilderness protection, the impact of ecology on public consciousness, as well as environmentalism.

45.327 Environmental Philosophy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5535
Status Active

An examination of the philosophical foundations of environmentalism. Addresses both the question of ethical duties we owe to animals and to nature, and also the question of man's relation to the natural world.

46.175 Introduction to Environmental Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31964
Status Active

This survey course introduces students to current environmental problems and environment-related jobs. The goal is to show the many dimensions of environmental issues.political, economic, biophysical, cultural, ethical, historical, and technical.and demonstrate that if we hope to contribute to positive change, we must grapple with this complexity. The other objective is to learn about actions currently underway that actually do help the environment..

46.358 Global Environmental Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5644
Status Active

This course explores contemporary international environmental issues from both theoretical and policy perspectives; consideration too of broader forces impacting international environmental politics.

48.236 Sociological Approaches to the Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33284
Status Active

Focusing on case studies of recent and pending environmental disasters, this course will trace how political, social, economic and cultural arrangements and choices contribute to environmental catastrophes and their resolution. In order to identify possibilities for agency, students will play several environmental games in which they will assume roles in the global economy, governmental and civil society to identify possibilities for agency. As a final project, students will describe a recent disaster identifying both structures that create environmental stresses and the options that might exist for structural changes. The project is intended to develop both critical thinking and communication skills.

49.315 Introduction to Environmental Economics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5913
Status Active

This is a renumbering of an existing course, 49.315. The renumbering to the 400 level is to allow Masters students in programs with environmental content to take this course for credit with their advisor's approval. This course introduces students to the economic and policy aspects of environmental quality and natural resource issues. Simple and complex models are used to blend economic theory with environmental facts. Students will learn to derive policy insights from theoretical constructs. The primary objective is to show how the basic principles in economics can play a valuable role in analyzing and evaluating critical environmental issues and help in determining policy guidelines. Standard benefit cost or efficiency criteria will be applied to a wide variety of environmental issues.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 49.201 Economics I (Microeconomics).

49.415 Introduction to Environmental Economics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5913
Status Active

This is a renumbering of an existing course, 49.315. The renumbering to the 400 level is to allow Masters students in programs with environmental content to take this course for credit with their advisor's approval. This course introduces students to the economic and policy aspects of environmental quality and natural resource issues. Simple and complex models are used to blend economic theory with environmental facts. Students will learn to derive policy insights from theoretical constructs. The primary objective is to show how the basic principles in economics can play a valuable role in analyzing and evaluating critical environmental issues and help in determining policy guidelines. Standard benefit cost or efficiency criteria will be applied to a wide variety of environmental issues.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 49.201 Economics I (Microeconomics).

58.490 Art History Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6248
Status Active

Study of particular artist, style or selected art historical problem. Topics to be announced. Course may be repeated.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 58.204: Hist Of Art II:Ren - Mod, 58.221: 20th Century Art.

59.497 Directed Studies: Environment and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35783
Status Active

An individual supervised research project relative to issues of the environment and society. Thematic or methodological issues must result in a significant research paper.