Environmental Studies Courses, Spring 2007


BIOL 1318.02/ISTL 2600 Natural Systems & Sustainable Ecology
Instructor:   A. Serrano
TR 3:00 - 04:20

This course examines ecosystems, how they function, and how they shape and are shaped by human societies. Includes both a comparative and global perspective on environmental issues and ecology.

FILM 3160.02 Topics in Film Studies: Environment & Film
Instructor: Stephen Gibson
R 5:30 - 9:20, Spring I

The class will study the intersection of modern American film and environmentalism. What role does nature or environmentalism play in Hollywood films? How are environmental problems defined or imagined in Hollywood? Does Hollywood offer potential solutions? How does history and current events shape the film's environmental perspective? What message or moral--if any--do the films provide? Finally, the class will consider just how "green" Hollywood" is?

Note:   Instructor is willing to waive prerequisites.

PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics
Instructor: Kate Parsons
TR 12:00 - 1:20

The food we eat, the cars we drive, and the clothes we wear affect our relationships with the environment in various ways. This course will examine human relationships with nature and animals while considering the philosophical concepts of rights, responsibilities, care, empathy, and freedom. We will explore topics such as population growth, corporate responsibility, genetically modified foods, and environmental activism. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality inform and shape our environmental choices.

RELG 2430 Environment and Religion: Ecology and Spirituality
Instructor: George Billings

This course will explore the spirituality of ecology from multi dimensional and historical perspectives. This includes examining creation themes in several tribal religions; reviewing eastern and western ecological traditions and critically assessing environmental issues in conflict. Students can expect to deepen their awareness of their relationship to creation and how to be responsible stewards of and co-creators in an evolving universe.

SCIN 1010.01 Topics in Physical Science: Natural Disasters
Instructor: Mark Moats
M 5:30 - 9:30, Spring 1, DWTN

This is a survey of the various natural disasters and their causes. We will explore their relationship to Earth processes and the long term risks to human populations. We will also examine how scientists determine the causes, effects, and prediction of catastrophes.

SCIN 1520 and 1521: Environment and Environment Lab
Instructor: Jeff DePew
TR 1:00 - 3:50

Concerns problems of the world ecosystem. Includes the nature of ecosystems, pesticides, water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, nonrenewable natural resources, energy, nuclear power, radioactivity, agriculture, human food supply, and environmental health. Laboratory required. SCIN 1520 and SCIN 1521 must be taken concurrently. Intended for non-majors.