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Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENVS B101-001Introduction to Environmental StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Barber,D., Hager,C.
ENVS B202-001Environment and SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHPark 245Dhillon,C.
ENVS B397-001Senior Seminar in Environmental StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 227Dhillon,C.
ANTH B244-001Global Perspectives on Early Farmers and Social ChangeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 1Barrier,C.
ARCH B104-001Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban RevolutionsSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 21Bradbury,J.
ECON B242-001Economics of Local Environmental ProgramsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 25Ross,D.
GEOL B203-001Biosphere Through TimeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 159Marenco,K., Marenco,P.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 300

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENVS B203-001Environmental Humanities: Stories of Justice and InjusticeSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHGrossman,S.
ENVS B204-001Place, People and Praxis in Environmental StudiesSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 159Grossman,S.
ANTH B325-001Mobility, Movement, and Migration in the PastSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TBarrier,C.
CITY B201-001Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental AnalysisSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHRaddatz,L.
CITY B345-001Advanced Topics in Environment and Society: Sustainable CitiesSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THRaddatz,L.
ECON B234-001Environmental EconomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHRoss,D.
GEOL B108-001Earth's Oceans: Past, Present, and FutureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBarber,D., Marenco,P.
GEOL B209-001Natural HazardsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFMarenco,K.
POLS B222-001Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective: Movements, Controversies and Policy MakingSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWHager,C.
POLS B326-001Comparative Environmental Politics in East and Southeast AsiaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOh,S.
POLS B354-001Comparative Social Movements: Power and MobilizationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THHager,C.
RUSS B227-001Russia and its Ecology: Cultural and Historical PerspectivesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWHarte,T.

Fall 2019

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2018-19 Catalog Data

ENVS B101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
Fall 2018
This interdisciplinary introduction to Environmental Studies major/ 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.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ENVS B200 The Edible Environment: Theory and Ethics
Not offered 2018-19
The course addresses core philosophical questions related to food production, consumption, and representation. The focus is on topics that highlight how we engage with the environment based on what we eat, how we consume it, and the way we talk about it. In the first part (food production), we examine the significance of domestication, taxonomies of edible animals, plants, and microbes, and how recent (bio)technological possibilities are changing our approach to food production. In the second part of the course, we turn to the human body to discuss how hunger, pleasure and taste guide our food consumption. In the third part, we discuss how extant practices of labeling and food criticism influence our understandings of the edible environment. The class draws upon a wide range of resources, including classical and contemporary philosophical texts, food essays, magazine and newspaper articles, videos and images. The course counts as a Social Science/Humanities elective for the Environmental Studies Minor. Suggested preparation is one course in Environmental Studies OR one course in the Cities Program or permission of the instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ENVS B202 Environment and Society
Fall 2018
ENVS 202 Topic for Fall 2018: Environment and Climate Justice. This course introduces theories and topics at intersections of natural and built environments with societies. Social and environmental issues are connected--each influencing the other. This class draws from environmental sociology, planning, geography, political theory, and environmental health and justice. Students will interact with an array of social science methods and environmental topics. We integrate readings into class discussions and group work across areas such as energy, food, disasters, climate change, and sustainable development. Prerequisite: ENVS B101.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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ENVS B203 Environmental Humanities: Stories of Justice and Injustice
Spring 2019
Topic for ENVS 203 for Spring 2019: Stories of Justice and Injustice. We will investigate a series of environmental domains--air, soil, water, biota, and chemical life--through traditionally humanistic methods, including close reading, primary source analysis, and narrative writing. Our material of study will range from environmental history to literature, policy documents to living water systems, superfund sites to air quality data. As environmental humanists, we will not only pay particular attention to what stories of environments have to tell us about the past, present, and future, but we will also study the ways in which storytelling itself is a mode of construction: environments shape us, but we, too, shape environments through our stories. Prerequisite ENVS 101.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENVS B204 Place, People and Praxis in Environmental Studies
Spring 2019
This course focuses on the ethics and practice of community collaboration and community based research in the context of environmental challenges. Students will gain grounding in both theory and practice incorporating themes related to race, class, gender and environmental justice. Prerequisites: ENVS 101, and ENVS B201 or B202 or B203 or permission of instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENVS B397 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
Fall 2018
This capstone Environmental Studies course is designed to allow Environmental Studies seniors to actively engage in environmental problem solving. Students bring the perspectives and skills gained from their ENVS focus area and from their preparatory work in the major/minor to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ENVS B403 Independent Study

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ENVS B403 Independent Study

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ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology
Not offered 2018-19
This course examines the relationships between culture, society, disease and illness. It considers a broad range of health-related experiences, discourses, knowledge and practice among different cultures and among individuals and groups in different positions of power. Topics covered include sorcery, herbal remedies, healing rituals, folk illnesses, modern disease, scientific medical perceptions, clinical technique, epidemiology and political economy of medicine. Prerequisite: ANTH 102, H103 or permission of instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B244 Global Perspectives on Early Farmers and Social Change
Fall 2018
Throughout most of human history our ancestors practiced lifestyles focused upon the gathering and hunting of wild plants and animals. Today, however, a globalized agricultural economy supports a population of over seven billion individuals. This course utilizes information produced by archaeologists around the globe to examine this major historical transition while asking big questions like: What impact did the adoption of agriculture have on communities in the past, and how did farming spread to different world regions? We will also consider how the current farming system influences our own society. How does farming still affect our lives today, and how will the history of agricultural change shape our collective future? Counts toward Environmental Studies minor.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ANTH B325 Mobility, Movement, and Migration in the Past
Spring 2019
The movement of human social groups across landscapes, borders, and boundaries is a dominant feature of today's world as well as of the recent historic past. Archaeological research has demonstrated that migration, movement, and mobility were also common features of human life in the more distant past. From examining cases of small-scale groups that were largely defined by constant movements across their social landscapes, to the study of the spread of complex societies and early political states, this course will consider the role of migration in the formation, reproduction, and alteration of human societies. Attention will be paid to how archaeologists recognize and study movement, as well as to how knowledge of the past contributes to a broader anthropological understanding of human migration. Prerequisite: ANTH B101, or permission of instructor

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Fall 2018
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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BIOL B323 Coastal and Marine Ecology
Not offered 2018-19
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 toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B332 Global Change Biology
Not offered 2018-19
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 on ecosystems by analyzing the primary literature and the latest IPCC report. In 2017, there will be a mandatory one-day field trip to the Smithsonian Global Change Research Wetland. Prerequisites: BIOL B220, BIOL 225 or BIOL B262, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis
Spring 2019
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. Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing and Quantitative Readiness are required (i.e.the quantitative readiness assessment or Quan B001).
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B278 American Environmental History
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Sustainable Cities
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Sustainable Cities
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: How can cities help address today's most pressing environmental problems? Are sustainable urban environments possible, and if so, what would they look like? This course explores these and other questions by examining theories, politics and practices of sustainability in urban contexts from a global perspective.

Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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EALC B261 Chinese Environmental Culture
Not offered 2018-19
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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EALC B352 China's Environment
Not offered 2018-19
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 toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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EALC B353 The Environment on China's Frontiers
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar explores environmental issues on China's frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.

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EALC B362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia: China and Japan
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar explores environmental issues in contemporary East Asia from a historical perspective. It will explore the common and different environmental problems in Japan and China, and explain and interpret their causal factors and solving measures in cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, international cooperation and changing perceptions. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ECON B234 Environmental Economics
Spring 2019
Introduction to the use of economic analysis to 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 toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs
Fall 2018
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 basic services. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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GEOL B108 Earth's Oceans: Past, Present, and Future
Spring 2019
This course is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of oceanography with an emphasis on how Earth's oceans are tied to life and climate and how we study these links in the present and in the fossil record. We will spend much time understanding how the modern ocean works and how biogeochemical cycles interact with it. A major focus will be how we can use the ocean's past and present to make predictions about its future.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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GEOL B203 Biosphere Through Time
Fall 2018
We will explore how the Earth-life system has evolved through time by studying the interactions between life, climate, and tectonic processes. During the lab component of the course, we will study important fossil groups to better understand their paleoecology and roles in the Earth-life system. Prerequisite: GEOL B101
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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GEOL B206 Energy Resources and Sustainability
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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GEOL B209 Natural Hazards
Spring 2019
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.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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GEOL B302 Low-Temperature Geochemistry
Not offered 2018-19
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 toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Movements, Controversies and Policy Making
Spring 2019
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
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POLS B256 Global Politics of Climate Change
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
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POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy
Not offered 2018-19
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 toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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POLS B321 Technology and Politics
Not offered 2018-19
A 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, economic development and women's empowerment, warfare, social media, net neutrality, GMO foods and industrial agriculture, climate change and energy politics.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B326 Comparative Environmental Politics in East and Southeast Asia
Spring 2019
East Asia (referring to both Northeast and Southeast Asia) is often discussed as one unit vis-à-vis other economic blocs yet this region is a home to the largest population in the world with various divergent cultures, colonial histories, religions, political system and state-society relations, as well as the level of economic development. With increasing focus on 3Es-- Economic growth, Environment protection, and Energy security-- as shared priorities at the regional level, such diversities serve not only as opportunities but challenges for East Asian states to cope with environmental issues. Geographic proximity makes countries in the region environmentally interdependent, and heavy dependence on imported fossil fuels make energy security as a matter of survival. Increasing public outcry over pollution and resultant health problems has also challenged political legitimacy and sustainable economic development. his course explores contemporary environmental issues in East Asia from comparative political economy perspective and sheds light on how environmental problems - and solutions - are often shaped by political context and interweaved into varying actors' perceived interest. Main questions in the course include: What kind of environmental problems East Asia face and how diverse historical, political and economic conditions of each country shape the context in which countries deal with the problem either individually or collectively? What are the roles of various social, political and market actors in environmental politics? What sorts of approaches seem most likely to solve local, national and regional environmental issues such as air pollution, natural resource depletion, and climate change? What are the impacts of globalization and technological innovation in dealing with environmental issues?
Counts toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements: Power and Mobilization
Spring 2019
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 via social media, and collaborative policymaking institutions. Writing Attentive. Prerequisite: one course in POLS or SOCL or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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RUSS B227 Russia and its Ecology: Cultural and Historical Perspectives
Spring 2019
This course will explore the historical, social, and cultural significance of the environment in Russian literature and the visual arts. As the largest country on the planet and as a sprawling nation that covers almost a sixth of the world's land mass, Russia has both cherished and exploited its vast forests and ample natural resources. Exploring Russian culture from an ecological perspective, we will delve into the fiction, poetry, cinema, and photography that has raised environmental issues or, in the opposite vein, has promoted rapid industrial development and a swift taming of Russia's natural landscape for the sake of progress. To this day, Russian artists continue to grapple with the ecological state of the country and its fragile well-being.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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SOCL B268 Environmental Sustainability
Not offered 2018-19
This course relates a broadly construed understanding of environmental sustainability to the historical development of the major concepts and developments in sociology. It situates the development of sociology as responding to major social problems in the natural and built environment, and demonstrates how the key theoretical developments and empirical findings of sociology are crucial in understanding how these problems develop, persist, and are addressed or fail to be addressed. Conceptually, it begins with the radical environmental changes at the dawn of modernity that gave rise to European sociology and the massive urban social problems experienced in rapidly changing urban areas that gave rise to American sociology. Empirically, it moves through a series of more contemporary case studies of environmental problems (including both single-event "disasters" and ongoing slowly developing ever-present realities) that demonstrate both the context for sociology's development and the promise sociology offers in understanding environmental problems. The course will have a global focus drawing on case studies from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, with special attention given to East Asia.
Course does not meet an Approach

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