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SISU-350 Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including human geography, politics of population, international environmental politics, health in the developing world, and health communication. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-250.

SISU-350 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: International Environmental Politics
Global environmental dangers are among the most profound challenges facing humanity. They currently undermine the quality of life for many and threaten, in the extreme, to compromise the fundamental, organic infrastructure that supports all life on earth. This course introduces students to the socio-political dynamics of global environmental affairs. Furthermore, it examines a number of key environmental issues including species extinction, food and agriculture, and climate change. Students gain familiarity with the role power plays in the emergence of environmental problems and how power in turn can be wielded in the service of sustainability.
SISU-350 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture
This course examines political, cultural, and technological connections to environment and development. It provides students with an introduction to political ecology and its approach to global food studies. Students use political ecology and social theory paradigms to examine industrial and alternative food networks, including their impacts on the environment, communities, and rural development. Students also examine how food policy and the global food trading system shape these networks and local environments, communities, and development practices.
SISU-350 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Nature and Environmental Ethics
This course examines questions such as how have human beings understood nature throughout history, how have major shifts in understanding been accomplished, and ought our role on earth to be one of observation, stewardship, holistic integration, dominion, technological conquest, or something else altogether. This course considers humankind's shifting understanding of nature as it is reflected in primary philosophical texts and contemporary writings on environmental ethics. Students have the opportunity to take up a research project concerning a historical period, region of the world, or contemporary environmental issue that is of special interest to them.