Courses

ENST 103 Intro to Environment & Culture

In order to think critically about Environmental Studies, this course will ask you to question how you describe, explain, and relate to nature through language, ideology, and media. To do this we will examine conceptions of nature drawn from the Humanities: philosophy, religion, literature, and art. An understanding of these disciplines will help us gain insight into contemporary environmental debates. The class will examine some of the following questions: What is our relationship to nature? How does nature have value? How has religion contributed to our conceptions of nature? How has English as a language and literary tradition evolved different ways of expressing our relationship to the natural world? Have recent environmental activists articulated a compelling rhetoric? Links to themes of environmental justice, science of the critical zone, and sustainability, connecting this course to the other two introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

ENST 105 Intro to Environment & Society

This course provides students with an overview of the major concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks employed in the social sciences to study human ecological relations. A primary goal of this course is to highlight the dynamic interplay between society and nature while introducing students to a social science perspective on local and global environmental issues. The implications of social organization, whether political or economic, for ecosystems will surface and provide an opportunity to examine the impact of individual and collective decisions. Another important goal of the course is to use the different theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as the language of the social sciences, to explore broad issues related to environmental justice, critical zone science, and sustainability, connecting the course to the other Introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Daniel Sarabia M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

ENST 240 Environmental Justice

The field of environmental justice rests on two central insights: 1) humans are organisms. as such, we are interconnected with and affected by our environments (be it noise, toxins, flooding, green space, etc.). 2) Injustice between humans exists. This injustice manifests in many ways, including how our environments affect us. This course examines these insights together; the empirical, science-based idea that positive and negative effects of environments on human populations is testable and knowable, and the philosophical, humanities-rooted idea that human interactions should be characterized by justice and fairness. Using various social lenses, historical persepectives, and philosophical theories of justice, we examine a series of case studies defined by data, proof, and experience. In the process, we learn that there is much more to the study of the environmnet than a simple focus on wilderness or endangered species. Humans are organisms, too! (1) 1 Unit

Requisites

  • ENSC-101 ENST-103 or ENST-105 Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Laura M. Hartman M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

ENST 360 Sp Top: Climate Justice

Examination of a special topic concerning the environment. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Requisites

  • Any 200-level ENVI, ENSC or ENST course or permission. Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Laura M. Hartman M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

ENST 405 Independent Study and Research

Independent study or research related to the environment conducted under the supervision of an Environment Program faculty member. (1/2) 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Rachel J. Collins

ENST 406 Independent Study and Research

Independent study or research related to the environment conducted under the supervision of an Environment Program faculty member. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill
B Dr. Laura M. Hartman

ENST 415 Internship

Practical experience in a setting where environmental topics are applied. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill

ENST 416 Internship

Practical experience in a setting where environmental topics are applied. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill