Environmental Studies

ENVS6001Nature, Society and Social Ecology3 ch
Most human activity has potential consequences for local, regional, and global environments. Conversely, environmental conditions influence human decisions and actions. The need to understand these reciprocal relationships is increasingly recognized by policy-makers, academics, and practitioners in a variety of disciplines. This course reviews historical and contemporary attempts to bridge the disciplinary divide between social and biophysical sciences, with a goal of better integration of both into environmental management. This readings-based seminar will draw from human and social ecology, environmental sociology, cultural anthropology and environmental history.