ENVI 105 - Introduction to Environment and Society [GEGA]
This course provides a comparative examination of the varied, complex, and evolving relationships between individuals, societies, and the environment. Consideration will be given to the way that humanities and social science disciplines treat the study of human-environmental interactions. Local, regional, national, and global environmental issues will be presented and analyzed.
Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Fall and Winter
Some of the most urgent problems facing humanity in the 21st century concern the relationship between human beings and the non-human environment. Climate change, urbanization, biodiversity, and sustainable development are perhaps the most pressing issues we must address to ensure the health and well-being, of current and future human beings, and of the non-human environment. This course will examine Western and non-Western philosophies and ethical approaches to the relationship between human beings and the non-human environment, and the effects of these philosophies on cultural attitudes toward the environment. Environmental issues often ignore national borders. Societies that have developed using fossil fuels produce greenhouse gas emissions and thus climate change, but do not necessarily suffer the most harmful effects of their activities - these are experienced by people half way around the world. This results in unjust distributions of the benefits and burdens of environmental damage caused by human activity. Students explore local, national and international governmental and non-governmental institutions and policies created to govern the relationship between human beings and the non-human environment, understanding the various interests - political, economic, and cultural — that must be balanced in regulating this relationship. All human beings are implicated in environmental problems, and all of us are responsible for sustaining the environment for the future. As such, ENVI 105 - Introduction to Environment and Society meets the outcomes for a course in the Global Awareness category of the General Education program.
Updates Course Rotation added 1/2015; Approved for Gen Edu 6/2014, effective Fall 2014; New Course 10/2011
Winter 2023 Course Sections
Fall 2022 Course Sections
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