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Think Big: Global Issues and Ecological Solutions

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1628
Section 001
Instructor Mitchell Joachim
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SOC


Section 2 for Environmental Studies majors only. This course may be combined with a 2-credit, competitive internship arranged by Gallatin. Internship information will be forthcoming.


What are the most stimulating solutions to global climate change? If we were given an imaginary “client” with an unlimited budget and colossal power, what should we design? The resounding formula for green thinking is broadly interpreted in three meta-themes; apocalyptic, technological, and traditional. Each category promises solutions and/or interpretations of our current environmental calamity. We explore critical philosophical, artistic, and scientific positions in each meta-theme that help elucidate this dilemma. Students read, evaluate, and synthesize projects and texts from great minds such as William Cronon, Bill McKibben, Bruce Mau, Mike Davis, Marshall McLuhan, Bjorn Lomborg, David Orr, Paul Virilio, Naomi Klein, Laurence Buell, and others. The final project is the production of a mock Madison Avenue advertising campaign that promotes urban “sustainability.”


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)