Course Offerings - ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
An interdisciplinary course exploring the complex relationships between humans and ecosystems. Conservation biology, social science, and environmental ethics will be introduced to illuminate contemporary environmental issues (specific topics will vary). The course will facilitate critical questioning about the proper relationship between humans and the natural world, while providing an introduction to the field of environmental studies.37-260 Environmental Science 3 cr.
A core course for the Environmental Studies minor that will provide an overview of: 1) scientific principles on which studies of the environment are based; 2) current understandings of environmental problems from a scientific perspective; and 3) evaluation of scientific evidence. Prerequisite: 100-level science course (biology, chemistry, geography, or physics). Credit cannot be received for both 37-260 and 26-260.37-261 Environment and Society 3 cr.
Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments and compares different modes of production and cultural systems. The course examines social and cultural structures and the impact of these structures upon natural environments while also examining the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Prerequisites: 37-211.
37-262 Environment and Values (HU) 3 cr.
Examines diverse perspectives regarding values and environmental responsibility as well as the social actors and movements which embody them. Foci may include: Western Civilization and environmental ethics, environmental values in non-western cultures, environmental values in small scale societies, the aesthetics of nature (including as represented in visual art), religious perceptions of place, environmental values in fiction, prose and poetry, and ecological ethics and technology.37-343 Nature Writing 3 cr.
A course in reading and writing about the natural world. Writers discussed may include Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and others. Student writing will represent a significant portion of the coursework. Writing assignments may include essays on natural history, journal entries, environmental advocacy pieces, eco-fiction, and others consistent with the focus of the course. Cross-listed with 38-343/543. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.37-390 Special Topics 3 cr.
Special Topics courses in Environmental Studies focus on current environmental issues. The disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies program, the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the issue at hand will be explored. Students will normally be expected to carry out an original, interdisciplinary research project.
Field Studies courses involve intensive off-campus research focusing on specific environmental issues. The primary disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. Each course will attend to the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the environmental issue under scrutiny. Cost for travel and related expenses will vary. Examples include: the study of pollution and politics in the Fox-Wolf watershed; the social ecology of Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area; grassroots environmentalism, the Wise Use movement, and conflict over natural resources in North America; and efforts to construct ecologically sustainable livelihoods in the Highlands of Southern Mexico. Consult the appendix and contact the Environment Studies program for course details.
A capstone seminar for the Environmental Studies minor program that will examine the students ability to integrate perspectives gained in previous environmental courses emphasizing science, society and values. Prerequisites: 18 credits toward the Environmental Studies minor (including 94-211) or permission of the Environmental Studies Program Director.
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Last Updated July 1, 1999