Learning Outcomes Environmental Studies 282
Students critically analyze current and past environmental issues, movements and leading thinkers by studying literature, personal essays, cultural critiques and philosophical arguments. In doing so they develop the skills of critical thinking and written communication.
Here is a list of what you can expect to learn in ES 282: Environment, Community and Values:
- Students will understand how ideas and attitudes about nature and our perceptions of environmental problems have changed over time, and what have been the major periods of environmental thought (such as conservation, environmentalism, or sustainability).
- Students will understand the significance of key works in the environmental humanities (such as the writings of John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson).
- Students will understand the role of values and ethics in creating and resolving environmental issues and the role of the humanities in the discipline of environmental studies.
- Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to environmental issues, including the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate evidence and to construct well-supported, clearly articulated, and sustained arguments.
- Students will be able to effectively communicate their own analytical conclusions about environmental issues in written form and be able to effectively use the writing process (organizing, drafting, editing, re-writing).