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EVST 100: Introduction to the Environment: A Systems Approach

An Interdisciplinary course that introduces students to the major issues in environmental studies. We emphasize the importance of analyzing environmental issues from a comprehensive systems approach. The course focuses on the interaction of natural, socioeconomic, political, and ethical systems, using case studies to highlight the need to examine environmental issues from multiple perspectives. Case studies include: “clean” coal, ocean depletion policy, and energy and transportation systems and the environment. Case studies are likely to change from year to year.

EVST 215: Environmental Policy

This course examines the ways policy seeks to promote environmental value in our complex and changing world. Students will be introduced to the contemporary environmental policy landscape, as well as the politics of environmental decision-making. We will examine and critique policy-making processes, policy actors and influence, dominant policy strategies for environmental change, and environmental policy analysis frameworks. We will draw upon case studies from multiple environmental and political contexts to explore class concepts.

EVST 220: People, Places, and Environments of the Mid-Atlantic

Students will learn about challenging and current environmental dilemmas by examining real-world and literary representations of the Mid-Atlantic region. The course will draw on understandings of place, society, and environmental writings to analyze environmental initiatives in the most densely populated region of the country. The course will focus on case studies, which may include energy development, the Chesapeake Bay, urban ecology, and the Pine Barrens.

EVST 230: Water Problems, Water Solutions

An introduction to water in the contemporary world. Examines a wide range of topics-privatization, dam building, conservation, irrigation, pollution-drawing on case studies from within and outside the United States. Assignments will include historical, journalistic, cinematic, and scientific accounts of water development and exploitation with an emphasis on freshwater settings.

EVST 250: Art and Environment

While one view of art making would suggest elite tools and materials available at a premium through specialty shops, many artists from all over the world-for reasons of politics, philosophy, economics, environmental concerns or conceptual relevance to the given idea-have engaged with found objects and materials to create beautiful, compelling, and revolutionary works of art. In this course we will explore artists and art practices that function in this manner and investigate through studio practice ideas and methods for producing such work. Our investigations will focus on artists whose work is involved with environmental concerns, broadly defined. We will explore and produce work that engages with environment in a social, political, and cultural context. [H]
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Studio Art or Environmental Studies course

EVST 253: Gender, Race and Environmental Justice

This course explores connections between environmental issues and hierarchies of social power. The course investigates how systemic social hierarchies of dis/advantage-principally gender and racial/ethnic identity-are articulated through the environment and how the environment is shaped by dynamics of gender/race inequalities. Additional analytical lenses (sexuality, socio-economic class, and global position) are used to form conceptual frameworks that improve our understanding of the important role “environmental justice” plays in the study of systemic social inequalities. [GM1]

EVST 254: Cultures of Nature

This course is an interdisciplinary examination into the American relationship with nature. We will investigate how Americans have historically defined and currently conceive of concepts such as “nature,” “wilderness,” “environmental,” and “green.” The course will contrast and combine arts/humanities and scientific/technology perspectives, and it will merge active field-experience and field trips with the main topics and texts under discussion. Our texts will include diverse nature and environmental writings, films and visual culture, plus local physical landscapes and ecosystems. We will hike, paddle, and camp, integrating site visits and activities in the Delaware River watershed with our critical explorations, so that the personal connection to place that is so central to environmental literature, art, and science becomes an essential context for our understanding. [W]
Prerequisite: ENG 110

EVST 290: Climate Change: The Facts, the Issues, and the Long-Term View

The Scientific community has explored modern climate change for decades, yet only recently has this issue emerged in the consciousness of the broader society. This writing-intensive, discussion-based seminar will consider the scientific evidence that has climate experts concerned about the future, as well as the significant economic, moral, political, and social issues that human-induced climate change raises. We will explore the challenges as well as the proposed solutions for addressing this global environmental problem. [V, W]
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

EVST 310: Organizations and the Environment

As environmental concern deepens, the landscape of organizations seeking to redress environmental degradation has become more complex. Students in this course will examine and evaluate diverse organizational forms and strategies for promoting environmental value. We will cover environmental activism, governmental natural resource agencies, environmental non-governmental organizations, international environmental institutions, and discuss the emergence of “green” business. Students will ground their learning in community-based learning projects with local and regional environmental organizations.
Prerequisites: EVST 100 or permission of instructor

EVST 315: Food, Culture, and Sustainable Societies

We ask, critically, what sustainable and just mean in relation to food and why it matters – and what “culture” has to do with it. To do so we merge well-established studies and work in the anthropology of food with (1) environmental studies of alternative food systems and urban gardening/farming. (2) studies from political ecology engaging a range of analysis on food, (3) critical food studies, which considers race/class/gender/globalism in the context of food.
Prerequisite: A&S 102 or A&S 103

EVST 373: Technology and Nature

This course examines the sometimes-contentious relationship between the natural world and human attempts to understand it (science) and manage it (technology). It addresses historical, ethical, artistic, and scientific distinctions between the natural and the human-built world, with examples from food and agriculture, modes of transportation, river control, factories, and more. The purpose of the course is to help students develop a nuanced understanding of the interactions amongst and between technology and nature. [W]
Prerequisite: A prior writing [W] course

EVST 400: Capstone

This course serves as a capstone to the Environmental Studies program. In this course students will perform research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will apply their knowledge from coursework to enhance empirical understanding of environmental studies issues. In addition to performing the research, students will present their research to the Environmental Studies program and provide a written report to their mentor.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor