Environmental Studies Courses, Spring 2011


ANSO 1090.01 Topics in Geography: Geographic Transitions (3 credits)
Instructor: Mikel Skele            
MWF 1:00-1:50

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.

BIOL 1030 and 1031 Biology of Plants and Lab (4 credits)
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 1318.01 Issues in Biology: Global Climate Change (3 credits)
Instructor: Jeff DePew
MW 11:30-12:50

This course will be an in-depth investigation into the science of global climate change, including its symptoms as determined by scientific observations and data throughout the world, and what the proposed solutions are. The course is not meant to follow a politically charged agenda or ideology. It will use the internet, published data, films, media, guest speakers, field trips and inquiry to investigate the science, measured examples, effects, outcomes and proposals that define global climate change. (SCI)

GNST 1308.01: Technology, Science, and Society/SCIN 1010.02 Topics in Physical Science: Enhancing Campus Sustainability
Instructor: David A. Wilson
MW 4:00-5:20

Using the Webster Groves Campus of Webster University as their laboratory, students in this course will identify opportunities to improve environmental practices relating to energy, water, air, and materials use, and then select at least one project area in which they develop a recommendation for action that they will submit to the university. This is an interdisciplinary class that uses disciplines and skills of science, sociology, political science, among others. The class will work as a team in project development. Intended for all majors. [SCI]

HRTS 3400.01 Human Rights and the Environment/PHIL 3080.01 Current Topics in
Philosophy: Human Rights and the Environment (3 credits)
Instructor: Kate Parsons
TR 1:30-2:50

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.

INTL 3500.01 Environmental and Energy Security
Instructor: Amanda Rosen
TR 1:30-2:50

This course introduces students to the role that environmental and energy issues play in causing and exacerbating conflict between groups and states in the international system. We begin by exploring the nature of modern environmental and energy problems such as water scarcity, deforestation, depletion of fisheries, soil degradation, nuclear power, and climate change. We then move into theories about the causes of war with a particular focus on recent trends in the area and the rise of issues of ‘human security’. With this base, we will then turn to case studies of the relationship between the environment, energy and conflict, including: the Toronto Group’s work on environmental change and conflict, climate change, resource conflicts, peak oil, and natural disasters. As we develop theories about these relationships, students will apply their growing knowledge to an environmental or energy human security issue of their choice. The course concludes with a study of policy and institutional responses to environmental and energy issues. Prerequisite: POLT 1050 or permission of instructor.

JOUR 3750.01 Environmental Journalism and Communications
Instructor: Don Corrigan
MWF 11:00-11:50

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: STAFF

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 (Westport)

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 1:30 - 4:20 and R 1:30 - 4:20

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.