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Ecology and Environmental Thought

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1298
Section 001
Instructor Gene Cittadino
Days Mon,Wed
Time 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SCI

Description

Ecological science and environmentalism appear to be relatively recent developments, but they have long and deep roots in our culture. Their interrelated histories, their connections to broader intellectual, cultural, social and political trends, their sometimes tenuous relationship to one another over the past century, and their continuing interactions in the discourse over the fate of nature constitute the subject of this course. Topics include the Protestant roots of both ecology and environmentalism, myths of the primitive (pristine nature, the ecologically noble savage, etc.), the transfer of metaphors between social theory and ecology, changing views of equilibrium and balance in nature, conservative and postmodern critiques of ecology, and recent debates over biodiversity, global warming, and environmental justice. Readings will likely include Paul Colinvaux, Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare , Rachel Carson, Silent Spring , Michael Lewis, Inventing Global Ecology , selections from Linnaeus, Darwin, Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold, and a variety of works by contemporary ecologists and environmentalists.

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1298

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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