Tri-Co Environmental Studies Minor with The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program

Students may complete a minor in Environmental Studies as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by the home department and the home-campus Environmental Studies director.

Faculty

Bryn Mawr College

Victor Donnay,  William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair, Professor of Mathematics and Director of Environmental Studies (Director, On leave Fall 2015)

Donald Barber, Associate Professor of Geology on the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental  Studies (Director for Fall 2015)

Peter Briggs, Professor of English

Jonas Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Chemistry                    

Karen Greif,  Professor of Biology 

Carol Hager, Chair and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Social Sciences on the Clowes Professorship in Science and Social Policy

Thomas Mozdzer, Assistant Professor of Biology (Leave 2015-16)

Michael Rock, Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History

David Ross, Associate Professor of Economics (Leave 2015-16)

Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor of English

Ellen Stroud, Associate Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities on the Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D. Professorship in Environmental Studies

Nathan Wright, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology

Ganapathy Narayanaraj, Tri-Co Environmental Studies Visiting Assistant Professor

Anne Dalke, Term Professor of English and Gender Studies

Jody Cohen, Term Professor of Education

Sydne Record, Assistant Professor of Biology

Robert Dostal, Rufus Jones Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Haverford College

Helen White, Chemistry, Environmental Studies Director

Kim Benston, English

Radika Bhaskar, Biology (Visiting 2014-16)

Craig Borowiak, Political Science

Thomas Donahue, Political Science (Visiting 2014-16)

Kaye Edwards, Interdisciplinary Programs

Steve Finley, English

Andrew Friedman, History

Darin Hayton, History

Karl Johnson, Biology

Joshua Moses, Anthropology

Ganapathy Narayanaraj, Tri-Co Environmental Studies Visiting Assistant Professor

Rob Scarrow, Chemistry

Steven Smith, Economics

Jonathan Wilson, Biology

Swarthmore College

Elizabeth Bolton, English Literature, Environmental Studies Coordinator

Timothy Burke, History

Peter Collings, Physics & Astronomy

Giovanna DiChiro, Political Science

Erich Carr Everbach, Engineering

Eric Jensen, Physics & Astronomy

José-Luis Machado, Biology

Arthur McGarity, Engineering

Rachel Merz, Biology

Carol Nackenoff, Political Science

Ganapathy Narayanaraj, Tri-Co Environmental Studies Visiting Assistant Professor

Jennifer Peck, Economics, Environmental Studies

Christine Schuetze, Sociology & Anthropology

Mark Wallace, Religion

The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College enables students and faculty to come together to explore academic interests in the environment. The program sponsors speakers, special events, and field trips, and offers support for student work during the summer, in the form of the college’s competitive Green Grants. In addition, The Harris Environmental Studies Program is the Bryn Mawr campus home for the Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor. The program benefits from two endowed chairs in Environmental Studies, The Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Growth and Structure of Cities Associate Professor Ellen Stroud, and the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Geology Associate Professor Donald Barber.

The Tri-Co Environmental Studies Minor

Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges offer Tri-College Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, involving departments and faculty from the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts on all three campuses. The Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor aims to bring students and faculty together to explore interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments.

The Tri-Co ENVS Minor aims to cultivate in students the capacity to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, encompassing historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific, and ethical modes of inquiry. Acknowledging the reciprocal dimensions of materiality and culture in the historical formation of “the” environment, this program is broadly framed by a series of interlocking dialogues: between the “natural” and the “built”; between the local and the global; and between the human and the nonhuman.

The minor consists of six courses, including an introductory course and capstone course, and the courses may be completed at any of the three campuses (or any combination thereof). To declare the minor, students should contact the Environmental Studies director at their home campus.

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, as follows:

  • A required introductory course to be taken prior to the senior year. This may be ENVS 101 at Bryn Mawr or Haverford or the parallel course at Swarthmore College (ENVS 001). Any one of these courses will satisfy the requirement, and students may take no more than one such course for credit toward the minor.
  • Four elective course credits from approved lists of core and cognate courses, including two credits in each of the following two categories (A and B). No more than one cognate course credit may be used for each category (see course list below for more information about core and cognate courses).

A) Environmental Science, Engineering & Math: courses that build understanding and knowledge of scientific methods and theories, and that explore how these can be applied in identifying and addressing environmental questions. At least one of the courses in this category must have a laboratory component.

B) Environmental Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts: courses that build understanding and knowledge of social and political structures as well as ethical considerations, and how these inform our individual and collective understandings of and responses to human and built environments.

  • A senior seminar with culminating work that reflects tangible research design and inquiry, but which might materialize in any number of project forms. Bryn Mawr College’s ENVS 397 (Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, co-taught by faculty members from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges) and Swarthmore College’s ENVS 091 (Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar) satisfy the requirement.

Core Courses for the Environmental Studies Minor

  • Every student should take an introductory course (101 or 001) before the senior year
  • Every student should take a capstone course (397 or 091) during the senior year

Bryn Mawr

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVS 397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Haverford

ENVS 101 Case Studies in Environmental Issues

ENVS 397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Swarthmore

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVS 091 Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar

Approved Electives for the Environmental Studies Minor

  • Two courses are required from each category (A and B).
  • At least one course in Category A should have a lab.
  • Only one course in each category may be a “cognate” course. Cognate courses, marked with an asterisk, are valuable for minor but are not as centrally focused on environmental studies methodologies and materials as other courses on the list.
  • Pay close attention to “double-counting” rules for your major. You are encouraged to choose electives outside of your major.

Category A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering

Bryn Mawr

BIOL 210 Biology and Public Policy
BIOL 220 (L) Ecology
BIOL 225* Biology of Plants
BIOL 250* Computational Methods
BIOL 262 Urban Ecosystems
BIOL 309 (L) Biological Oceanography
BIOL 320 (L) Evolutionary Ecology
CHEM 206 Chemistory of Renewable Energy
GEOL 101 (L) How the Earth Works
GEOL 103 (L) Earth Systems and the Environment
GEOL 130* Life in Earth’s Future Climate (half-credit)
GEOL 203 Paleobiology
GEOL 206* Energy Resources and Sustainability
GEOL 209 Natural Hazards & Human Populations
GEOL 230* The Science of Soils
GEOL 255 Problem Solving in the Environmental Sciences
GEOL 298 Applied Environmental Science
GEOL 302 Low Temperature Geochemistry
GEOL 314 Marine Geology
GEOL 328* Geographic Information Systems
MATH 210* Differential Equations w/ Apps (Environmental Problems)
MATH 295 Topics in Mathematics: Mathematical Modeling

Haverford

BIOL 123* Perspectives in Biology: Scientific Literacy (half-credit)
BIOL 124* Perspectives in Biology: Tropical Infectious Disease (half-credit)
BIOL 310* Molecular Microbiology (half-credit)
BIOL 314* Photosynthesis (half-credit)
CHEM 112*(L) Chemical Dynamics
CHEM 358 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (half-credit)
PHYS 111b Energy Options and Science Policy

Swarthmore

BIOL 002 Organismal and Population Biology
BIOL 016*(L) Microbiology
BIOL 017*(L) Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response
BIOL 020*(L) Animal Physiology
BIOL 025*(L) Plant Biology
BIOL 026*(L) Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 031* History and Evolution of Human Food
BIOL 034*(L) Evolution
BIOL 036 (L) Ecology
BIOL 037* Conservation Genetics
BIOL 039 (L) Marine Biology
BIOL 115E Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology
BIOL 116* Microbial Processes and Biotechnology
BIOL 130* Behavioral Ecology
BIOL 137 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
CHEM 001*(L) Chemistry in the Human Environment
CHEM 043*(L) Analytical Methods and Instrumentation
CHEM 103 Topics in Environmental Chemistry
ENGR 003* Problems in Technology
ENGR 004A Environmental Protection
ENGR 004B * Swarthmore and the Biosphere
ENGR 004E Introduction to Sustainable Systems Analysis
ENGR 035*(L) Solar Energy Systems
ENGR 057*(L) Operations Research (also ECON 032)
ENGR 063 (L) Water Quality and Pollution Control
ENGR 066 (L) Environmental Systems
ENVS 090* Directed Reading in Environmental Studies
MATH 056* Modeling
PHYS 002E* FYS: Energy
PHYS 020*(L) Principles of the Earth Sciences
PHYS 024 (L) The Earth’s Climate and Global Warming

Category B) Environmental Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Bryn Mawr

ANTH 203 Human Ecology
ANTH 210 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 237 Environmental Health
ANTH 263* Anthropology and Architecture
ARCH 245 The Archaeology of Water
CITY 175 Environment and Society
CITY 201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis
CITY 241 Building Green
CITY 250* U.S. Urban Environmental History
CITY 278 American Environmental History
CITY 279 Global Environmental Change
CITY 304 Disaster, War, Rebuilding in the Japanese City (part of 360°)
CITY 329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments: Sensing the City
CITY 345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society - Environmental Studies
CITY 360 Brazil: City, Nature, Identity
CITY 377 Global Architecture of Oil
EAST 352 China’s Environment: History, Policy, and Rights
EAST 362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia
ECON 225* Economics of Development
ECON 234 Environmental Economics
ECON 242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs
EDUC 268 Educating for Environmental Literacy
ENGL 204* Literatures of American Expansion
ENGL 268 Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840
ENGL 275 Food Revolutions
ENGL 251 Food For Thought
ENGL 313 Ecological Imaginings
HIST 212 Pirates, Travelers and Natural Historians
HIST 237* Urbanization in Africa
PHIL 240 Environmental Ethics
POLS 222 Introduction to Environmental Issues
POLS 278* Oil, Politics, Society and Economy
POLS 310* Comparative Public Policy
POLS 321* Technology and Politics
POLS 339* The Policy-making Process
POLS 354* Comparative Social Movements
SOCL 165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment
SOCL 247 Environmental Social Problems
SOCL 316* Science, Culture and Society
SPAN 203 La Naturaleza Como Identidad Politica

Haverford

ANTH 252* State and Development in South Asia
ANTH 263* Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society
ANTH 281 Nature/Culture: Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
ENGL 217* Humanimality
ENGL 257* British Topographies
ENGL 356 Studies in American Environment and Place
HIST 119* International History of the United States
HIST 227* Geographies of the Occult and Witchcraft
HIST 253 History of the US Built Environment
POLS 260 Environmental Political Theory (temporary course 2011/2012)
POLS 261* Global Civil Society
POLS 360 Global Environmental Politics (temporary course 2011/2012)
POLS 370 Environmental Political Thought

Swarthmore

ARTH 035* Pictured Environments: Japanese Landscapes and Cityscapes (part of 360°)
CHIN 088 Governance and Environmental Issues in China (also POLS 088)
ECON 032* Operations Research (also ENGR 057)
ECON 076 Environmental Economics
ENGL 009C FYS: Imagining Natural History
ENGL 070G Writing Nature
ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 002 Human Nature, Technology, and the Environment
ENVS 090 Directed Readings in Environmental Studies
ENVS 092 Research Project
HIST 089 Environmental History of Africa
JPNS 035 Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan (part of 360°)
LING 120* Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages
LITR 022G* Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture
PHIL 035 Environmental Ethics
POLS 037 Introduction to GIS for Social Environmental Analysis
POLS 043 Environmental Policy and Politics
POLS 043B Environmental Justice: Theory and Action
POLS 048* The Politics of Population
POLS 071 Applied Spacial Analysis with GIS (pre-reqs)
RELG 022 Religion and Ecology
SOAN 020M Race, Gender and Environment
SOAN 023C Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation

COURSES

ANTH B237 Environmental Health

This course introduces principles and methods in environmental anthropology and public health used to analyze global environmental health problems globally and develop health and disease control programs. Topics covered include risk; health and environment; food production and consumption; human health and agriculture; meat and poultry production; and culture, urbanization, and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy

A lecture/discussion course on major issues and advances in biology and their implications for public policy decisions. Topics discussed include reproductive technologies, the Human Genome project, environmental health hazards, bioterrorism, and euthanasia and organ transplantation. Readings include scientific articles, public policy and ethical considerations, and lay publications. Lecture three hours a week. This class involves considerable writing. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B220 Ecology

A study of the interactions between organisms and their environments. The scientific underpinnings of current environmental issues, with regard to human impacts, are also discussed. Students will also become familiar with ecological principles and with the methods ecologists use. Students will apply these principles through the design and implementation of experiments both in the laboratory and the field. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory/field investigation three hours a week. There will be optional field trips throughout the semester. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 or B111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B225 Biology and Ecology of Plants

Plants are critical to numerous contemporary issues, such as ecological sustainability, economic stability, and human health. Students will examine the fundamentals of how plants are structured, how they function, how they interact with other organisms, and how they respond to environmental stimuli. In addition, students will be taught to identify important local species, and will explore the role of plants in human society and ecological systems. One semester of BIOL 110/111.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B255 Microbiology

Invisible to the naked eye, microbes occupy every niche on the planet. This course will examine how microbes have become successful colonizers; review aspects of interactions between microbes, humans and the environment; and explore practical uses of microbes in industry, medicine and environmental management. The course will combine lecture, discussion of primary literature and student presentations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110 or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Chander,M.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B262 Urban Ecosystems

Cities can be considered ecosystems whose functions are highly influenced by human activity. This course will address many of the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems, as well as their unique processes. Using an approach focused on case studies, the course will explore the ecological and environmental problems that arise from urbanization, and also examine solutions that have been attempted. Prerequisite: BIOL B110 or B111 or ENVS B101.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B323 Coastal and Marine Ecology

An interdisciplinary course exploring the ecological, biogeochemical, and physical aspects of coastal and marine ecosystems. We will compare intertidal habitats in both temperate and tropical environments, with a specific emphasis on global change impacts on coastal systems (e.g. sea level rise, warming, and species shifts). In 2015 the course will have a mandatory field trip to a tropical marine field station and an overnight field trip to a temperate field station in the mid-Atlantic. Prerequisite: BIOL B220 (Ecology)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B332 Global Change Biology

Global changes to our environment present omnipresent environmental challenges. We are only beginning to understand the complex interactions between organisms and the rapidly changing environment. Students will explore the effects of global change in depth using the primary literature. Prerequisites: BIOL B220 (Ecology) or BIOL B262 (Urban Ecology) or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B206 The Science of Renewable Energy

In this course the chemistry and physics of renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal and others, will be explored. Methodologies for energy storage will also be discussed. Quantitative tools will be developed to enable students to make effective and accurate comparisons between various types of energy generation processes. Prerequisites: completion of CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 with merit grades in both, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis

This course is designed to introduce the foundations of GIS with emphasis on applications for social and environmental analysis. It deals with basic principles of GIS and its use in spatial analysis and information management. Ultimately, students will design and carry out research projects on topics of their own choosing.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Narayanaraj,G.
(Fall 2015)

CITY B204 Economics of Local Environmental Programs

Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basis services. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B242
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B210 Natural Hazards

A quantitative approach to understanding the earth processes that impact human societies. We consider the past, current, and future hazards presented by geologic processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. The course includes discussion of the social, economic, and policy contexts within which natural geologic processes become hazards. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: one semester of college science or permission of instructor.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B209
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective

An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions, paying special attention to the impact of environmental movements. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in addressing global environmental problems such as climate change.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B222
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B237 Themes in Modern African History

Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B237
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016: Urbanization in Africa. The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of pre-industrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women.

CITY B241 Building Green: Sustainable Design Past and Present

At a time when more than half of the human population lives in cities, the design of the built environment is of key importance. This course is designed for students to investigate issues of sustainability in architecture. A close reading of texts and careful analysis of buildings and cities will help us understand the terms and practices of architectural design and the importance of ecological, economic, political, cultural, social sustainability over time and through space.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B251
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: 20th C Urban Enviro History. This course explores the recent history of U.S. Cities as both physical spaces and social entities, with particular attention to the role of both nature and built environments in shaping their pasts. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since the nineteenth century? How have those shifts, along with changes in transportation, communication, construction, and other technologies affected both the people and places that comprise U.S. Cities?

CITY B262 Urban Ecosystems

Cities can be considered ecosystems whose functions are highly influenced by human activity. This course will address many of the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems, as well as their unique processes. Using an approach focused on case studies, the course will explore the ecological and environmental problems that arise from urbanization, and also examine solutions that have been attempted. Prerequisite: BIOL B110 or B111 or ENVS B101.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B278 American Environmental History

This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, the history of ideas about nature and the interaction between the two. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2016)

CITY B321 Technology and Politics

An multi-media analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological change and democratic governance. We begin with historical and contemporary Luddism as well as pro-technology movements around the world. Substantive issue areas include security and surveillance, electoral politics, warfare, social media, internet freedom, GMO foods and industrial agriculture, climate change and energy politics.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B321
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B329
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Spring 2016: Water. This course is an exploration of the field of environmental history through a focus on the role of water in the history of the United States. We will examine issues of water power, water rights, water emergencies and water imagery, investigating the history and meanings of water in the United States.

CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B346; HIST-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: Environmental Justice. In this course, we will be delving into the complex issues of environmental justice and environmental racism. We will investigate the ways in which environmentalism can and has led to environmental inequalities, and we will study how resource allocation, legal frameworks and access to social and economic power affect experiences of environmental amenities and risks.

EALC B352 China’s Environment

This seminar explores China’s environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches , and then explores three general periods in China’s environmental changes, imperial times, Mao’s socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B352
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Jiang,Y.
(Spring 2016)

ECON B225 Economic Development

Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; International Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Rock,M.
(Fall 2015)

ECON B234 Environmental Economics

Introduction to the use of economic analysis explain the underlying behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate policy responses to them. Topics may include air and water pollution; the economic theory of externalities, public goods and the depletion of resources; cost-benefit analysis; valuing non-market benefits and costs; economic justice; and sustainable development. Prerequisites: ECON B105.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B234
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Rock,M.
(Spring 2016)

ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs

Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basis services. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B204
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

EDUC B285 Ecologies of Minds and Communities

This course will attend to students’ distinctive ways of seeing and being in the world, in the context of communitarian questions of identity, access, and power. How can we re-imagine ecological literacy more deeply and fruitfully with and for diverse students and communities?
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B216 Re-creating Our World: Vision, Voice, Value

To this shared project, the discipline of English literary studies will contribute an awareness of the limits and possibilities of representation, asking what is foregrounded, what backgrounded or omitted, in each verbal, visual, aural or tactile re-presentation of the world. Asking, too, what might be imagined that has not yet been experienced, “Re-creating Our World” invites students both to create their own multi-modal representations of the spaces they occupy, and to re-create, in some way, the space that is Bryn Mawr. This course offers a shared exploration of imaginative images and texts, with a global reach and in a range of genres (photography, film, poetry, as well as multiple narratives, in forms that will vary from satire to science fiction, from apocalypse to utopia). On field trips to local sites, we will also study “representations” of the world in the form of various “shaped spaces,” including The Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, John James Audubon’s house @ Mill Grove, Wissahickon Valley Park, Chanticleer (a pleasure garden in Wayne), and the Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B218 Ecological Imaginings

Re-thinking the evolving nature of representation, with a focus on language as a link between natural and cultural ecosystems. We will observe the world; read classical and cutting edge ecolinguistic, ecoliterary, ecofeminist, and ecocritical theory, along with a wide range of exploratory, speculative, and imaginative essays and stories; and seek a variety of ways of expressing our own ecological interests.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B268 Native Soil and American Literature:1492-1900

This course will consider the literature of contact and conflict between English-speaking whites and Native Americans between the years 1492 and 1920. We will focus on how these cultures understood the meaning and uses of land, and the effects of these literatures of encounter upon American land and ecology and vice-versa. Texts will include works by Native, European- and African-American writers, and may include texts by Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Bradford, Handsome Lake, Samson Occom, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, John Rollin Ridge, Mark Twain, Mourning Dove, Ella Deloria and Willa Cather.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B313 Ecological Imaginings

Re-thinking the evolving nature of representation, with a focus on language as a link between natural and cultural ecosystems. We will observe the world; read classical and cutting edge ecolinguistic, ecoliterary, ecofeminist, and ecocritical theory, along with a wide range of exploratory, speculative, and imaginative essays and stories; and seek a variety of ways of expressing our own ecological interests. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies minors, Gender Studies concentrators, or English majors.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENVS B101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

This interdisciplinary introduction to Environmental Studies Minor examines the ideas, themes and methodologies of humanists, social scientists, and natural scientists in order to understand what they have to offer each other in the study of the environment, and how their inquiries can be strengthened when working in concert.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Barber,D., Rock,M.
(Fall 2015)

ENVS B397 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies

In this capstone course, senior Environmental Studies minors from across the disciplines will draw on the perspectives and skills gained from their majors and from their preparatory work in the minor to collaboratively engage high-level questions of environmental inquiry. Prerequisite: Open only to Environmental Studies minors who have completed all introductory work for the minor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2016)

GEOL B101 How the Earth Works

An introduction to the study of planet Earth—the materials of which it is made, the forces that shape its surface and interior, the relationship of geological processes to people, and the application of geological knowledge to the search for useful materials. Laboratory and fieldwork focus on learning the tools for geological investigations and applying them to the local area and selected areas around the world. Three lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork a week. One required one-day field trip on a weekend.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Marenco,K., Weil,A.
(Fall 2015)

GEOL B103 Earth Systems and the Environment

This integrated approach to studying the Earth focuses on interactions among geology, oceanography, and biology. Also discussed are the consequences of human energy consumption, industrial development, and land use. Two lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork per week. A required field trip is taken in April.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GEOL B203 Invertebrate Paleobiology

Biology, evolution, ecology, and morphology of the major marine invertebrate fossil groups. Lecture three hours and laboratory three hours a week. A semester-long research project culminating in a scientific manuscript will be based on material collected on a one-day field trip to central Pennsylvania.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Marenco,K.
(Fall 2015)

GEOL B206 Energy Resources and Sustainability

An examination of issues concerning the supply of energy required by humanity. This includes an investigation of the geological framework that determines resource availability, aspects of energy production and resource development and the science of global climate change. Two 90-minute lectures a week. Suggested preparation: one year of college science.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Barber,D.
(Fall 2015)

GEOL B209 Natural Hazards

A quantitative approach to understanding the earth processes that impact human societies. We consider the past, current, and future hazards presented by geologic processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. The course includes discussion of the social, economic, and policy contexts within which natural geologic processes become hazards. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: one semester of college science or permission of instructor.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B210
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GEOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Fall 2015)

GEOL B302 Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Stable isotope geochemistry is one of the most important subfields of the Earth sciences for understanding environmental and climatic change. In this course, we will explore stable isotopic fundamentals and applications including a number of important case studies from the recent and deep time dealing with important biotic events in the fossil record and major climate changes. Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 102, and at least one semester of chemistry or physics, or professor approval.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GEOL B314 Marine Geology

An introduction to oceanography, coastal processes, and the geomorphology of temperate and tropical shorelines. Includes an overview of the many parameters, including sea level change, that shape coastal environments. Meets twice weekly for a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, including a mandatory multi-day field trip to investigate developed and pristine sections of the Mid-Atlantic US coast. Prerequisite: One 200-level GEOL course OR one GEOL course AND one BIOL course (any level), OR advanced BIOL major standing (junior or senior).
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History

Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016: Urbanization in Africa. The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of pre-industrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women.

HIST B251 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B251
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: 20th C Urban Enviro History. This course explores the recent history of U.S. Cities as both physical spaces and social entities, with particular attention to the role of both nature and built environments in shaping their pasts. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since the nineteenth century? How have those shifts, along with changes in transportation, communication, construction, and other technologies affected both the people and places that comprise U.S. Cities?

HIST B278 American Environmental History

This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, the history of ideas about nature and the interaction between the two. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2016)

HIST B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B329
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Spring 2016: Water. This course is an exploration of the field of environmental history through a focus on the role of water in the history of the United States. We will examine issues of water power, water rights, water emergencies and water imagery, investigating the history and meanings of water in the United States.

HIST B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B346; CITY-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: Environmental Justice. In this course, we will be delving into the complex issues of environmental justice and environmental racism. We will investigate the ways in which environmentalism can and has led to environmental inequalities, and we will study how resource allocation, legal frameworks and access to social and economic power affect experiences of environmental amenities and risks.

HIST B352 China’s Environment

This seminar explores China’s environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches , and then explores three general periods in China’s environmental changes, imperial times, Mao’s socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): EALC-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

PHIL B238 Science, Technology and the Good Life

This course considers questions concerning what is science, what is technology, and what is their relationship to each other and to the domains of ethics and politics. We will consider how modern science defined itself in its opposition to Aristotelian science. We will examine the Cartesian and Baconian scientific models and the self-understanding of these models with regard to ethics and politics. Developments in the philosophy of science will be considered, e.g., positivism, phenomenology, feminism, sociology of science. Biotechnology and information technology illustrate fundamental questions. The “science wars” of the 1990s provide debates concerning science, technology, and the good life.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B238
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Dostal,R.
(Fall 2015)

PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics

This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B240
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Dostal,R.
(Spring 2016)

POLS B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective

An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions, paying special attention to the impact of environmental movements. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in addressing global environmental problems such as climate change.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B222
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

POLS B240 Environmental Ethics

This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

POLS B256 Global Politics of Climate Change

This course will introduce students to important political issues raised by climate change locally, nationally, and internationally, paying particular attention to the global implications of actions at the national and subnational levels. It will focus not only on specific problems, but also on solutions; students will learn about some of the technological and policy innovations that are being developed worldwide in response to the challenges of climate change.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hager,C.
(Fall 2015)

POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy

A comparison of policy processes and outcomes across space and time. Focusing on particular issues such as health care, domestic security, water and land use, we identify institutional, historical, and cultural factors that shape policies. We also examine the growing importance of international-level policy making and the interplay between international and domestic pressures on policy makers. Prerequisite: One course in Political Science or public policy.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hager,C.
(Spring 2016)

POLS B321 Technology and Politics

An multi-media analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological change and democratic governance. We begin with historical and contemporary Luddism as well as pro-technology movements around the world. Substantive issue areas include security and surveillance, electoral politics, warfare, social media, internet freedom, GMO foods and industrial agriculture, climate change and energy politics.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B321
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements: Power and Mobilization

A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions. Prerequisite: one course in POLS or SOCL or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B354
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

SOCL B346 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; HIST-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: Environmental Justice. In this course, we will be delving into the complex issues of environmental justice and environmental racism. We will investigate the ways in which environmentalism can and has led to environmental inequalities, and we will study how resource allocation, legal frameworks and access to social and economic power affect experiences of environmental amenities and risks.

SOCL B354 Comparative Social Movements

A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B354
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)