Scholarly perspectives on environmental problems, and solutions, integrating concepts and analytical, skills drawn from the natural sciences, social, sciences, and humanities. Foundation for all, subsequent courses in the environmental studies, major. Lectures, faculty and guest presentations,, regular online assignments, individual and group, research projects.
Faculty-directed student engagement, connecting, environmental scholarship to people in a variety, of settings. Identification and finalization of, engagement opportunities; development of, communication, cultural competency, and related, skills; reflection on engagement experiences; and, authoring and sharing of outcomes.
Causes and consequences of "natural disasters", (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides,, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, tsunamis), with a, focus on the interplay between the human and, physical landscapes that make these events so, deadly and imbued with diverse meanings., Perspectives drawn from the humanities, social, sciences, and natural sciences to examine both, historical events whose consequences have played, out and recent dramas whose aftermaths are still, unfolding. Contrast of impacts and perceptions of, these events with select examples of, anthropogenic disasters (Chernobyl, Bhopal, Deep, Water Horizon); anticipation of future natural, disasters and consideration of the science of, living with risk.
Advanced analysis of environmental problems and, solutions, situating them in time, space, and, biophysical/human context to provide greater, appreciation for their complexity as well as to, help devise successful responses. Development of, interdisciplinary conceptual and analytical skills, via inclusion and integration of topics including, environmental change, biophysical and human, drivers, related social movements, and, environmental politics and policy. Lectures,, regular assignments, individual and team research, projects, and field trips.
Advanced exploration of major theoretical, assumptions underlying environmental studies,, including the nature of environment, environmental, knowledge (including role of sciences and, humanities), and environmental problems and, solutions. Intensive reading and writing, class, discussions, and project-based application of, theory to contemporary topics.
An advanced, integrative keystone seminar, involving primary research for all senior, environmental studies majors, and taken twice for, a total of four credits. Research capstones, (theses or alternative outcomes) are based on, each student's concentration within the major and, include both oral and written components., Students start planning their capstones during, their first enrollment in the course, and, complete them in their second enrollment., Students should have completed all other, environmental studies core courses prior to, taking this course.