Thursday, June 14, 2007

ANTH-E 101 Ecology and Society

Section 26414
TR 1-2:15 (Student Building 150)
Catherine Tucker

ANTH-E 101 Ecology and Society is a fall course on current environmental issues designed for the non-major (but applicable to the ANTH minor). It carries S&H distribution.

Nearly every day, we hear news of environmental degradation, severe weather events, toxic pollution and impending climate change. How are we to understand this information? What does it mean for our lives?

This course addresses these questions by exploring human-environment relationships from cross-cultural, historical, scientific and ethical perspectives. Through readings and discussion, students will evaluate how societies vary in beliefs and perceptions of nature, and the implications for behavior, decision-making, and environmental change. We will examine current environmental problems and the debates over their causes and possible solutions. Using the concepts of ecological footprint, adaptive capacity, and resilience, we will assess the ramifications of our own choices and behaviors. Do we have moral and ethical responsibilities in our patterns of consumption? Students will be evaluated on reading responses, class participation, assignments, a midterm and a final exam.