Environmental Studies Courses, Spring 2009


ANSO 1090.01 Topics in Geography: Geographic Transitions
Instructor: Mikel Skele            
MWF 11:00-11:50

Acquaints the student with contemporary and classic issues in geography. Offerings range from the study of demography to the evolution of humanity and culture. Intended for majors and non-majors, including students in teacher education programs.

ANSO 2000.05 Issues in Contemporary Society: International Environmental Sociology
Instructor: Danielle McCartney
MWF 11:00 - 11:50

This is a course in environmental social change. It focuses on the strategies of deliberate environmental social change that have been and continue to be applied in less developed countries (LDCs). It also deals with world-wide changes that are having a significant environmental effect on LDCs. The course takes a global perspective and emphasizes the interconnections of nations and regions of the world. The historical record of colonialism, imperialism and neoimperialism is examined through several theoretical perspectives which are important to our understanding of the current environmental situation and future of LDCs. We will explore alternative strategies of development to what has usually been the path taken by or imposed on LDCs.

BIOL 1030 and 1031 Biology of Plants and Lab
Instructor: Jeff DePew
T 5:30-8:20 and T 8:30-9:30

Examines plant growth and development, from seed to flower. Plant diversity, ancient and modern uses will be studied, along with care of common garden and household plants. Intended for non-majors. [SCI]

BIOL 1318.02/ISTL 2600 Natural Systems & Sustainable Ecology
Instructor:   A. Serrano
MW 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. [SCI]

GNST 2004.03 Topics in the Liberal Arts: Who Are You? Where Are You From?
Instructor: Kim Kleinman
W 5:30 - 9:30 Spring II

As a way of getting to know one another, we frequently ask "where are you from?" (or its St. Louis variant: "where did you go to high school?"). With these questions we assume that coming from the city or the country or different parts of the United States or, indeed, the world shapes people in meaningful ways. Nature--climate, terrain, seasons, and plants and animals of a region--shape the places we make. But since we do in fact make the places we live in, we can learn to read them and look at them imaginatively to think about how people have lived and live in many kinds of places. We can come to see landscapes, as we will read, as "history made visible." By looking at our places and those of other people in new ways, we can discover more about ourselves and others. [HUM]

HRTS 2086.02 Topics in Human Rights: Natural Disasters

Instructor: Annie Stevens
T 5:30-9:30 Spring II (Winghaven)

In the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis around the world – and the industrial catastrophes at Chernobyl, Bhopal, and elsewhere – questions and controversies emerge concerning the responsibility of governments and citizens for environmental and civic engagement. Through case study analysis, this hybrid course will examine the social, environmental, political, and ethical issues involved in disaster cycles.

• Students will explore and develop their own understanding of the intersection of human and natural forces, through analysis of existing social and political systems, and the ways that these systems are being transformed, both from within and beyond institutional structures
• Students will hone their critical and creative thinking skills using research, oral presentations, and collaborative learning
• Students will examine and expand their own paradigms for environment, media, culture, government, and social responsibility

Required text: Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities, ed. John Brown Childs. 2005. Also current news articles, library databases, videos as assigned

HRTS 3400.01 Human Rights and the Environment
Instructor: Paul Moriarty
MWF 10:00

A clean environment, safe from human-created hazards, has increasingly been argued to be a human right. This course examines the arguments and the status of environmental rights under the present international framework.

JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications
Instructor: Don Corrigan
MWF 9:00-9:50

In this course students learn how journalists, advocacy group spokespersons, and public relations officials communicate on environmental issues. The course provides future environmental reporters with a sensitivity to the language of hazard and risk, as well as technical and quantitative knowledge about environmental issues. For future public information professionals involved with environmental issues, the course will provide insight on how the media reports on the environment. This is a writing course, and students can be expected to research and write on an array of local and national environmental concerns. Prerequisites: JOUR 1030, sophomore standing, SCIN 1520, OR permission of instructor (please e-mail Professor Corrigan at corrigan@timesnewspapers.com).

RELG 2430.W1 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 1010.06 Topics in Physical Science: Natural Disasters
Instructor: Mark Moats
Spring 2, M 5:30 - 9:30 (Downtown)

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. [SCI]

SCIN 1520 and 1521: Environment and Environment Lab
Instructor: Jeff DePew
T 1:00 - 3:50 and R 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.