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Sustainability

Courses in this strand focus on human interactions with nature and the environment. Courses in the sustainability strand are numbered 305.

Sustainability Strand Course Descriptions Fall 2020:

ENGS 305-01 Capitalism, Socialism, & Susta., Dr. Thomas Horan, TR, 1330-1445 (CRN 14885)
While corporate capitalism is central to contemporary American culture, this course will examine how distinctly American conceptions of socialism challenge, inform, and alter our dominant socioeconomic paradigm. We will explore the portrayal of socialism in American speculative literature, including Edward Bellamy’s phenomenally popular Looking Backward (1888), Jack London’s quasi-Marxian The Iron Heel (1907), and B.F. Skinner’s Walden Two (1948), which delves into the controversial relationship between collectivism and behavioral engineering. We will consider Ayn Rand’s critique of socialism and endorsement of the free market in her dystopian novella Anthem (1938). We will also analyze criticisms of socialism from the left, such as Cedric J. Robinson’s Black Marxism (1983), which questions the European philosophical influence on contemporary leftwing thought. Through a series of activities and assignments, students will connect the concepts and concerns raised in this literature to contemporary questions of sociopolitical, economic, and environmental sustainability.

HISS 305 01 The Modern City, Dr. Joelle Neulander, TR, 0930-1045 (CRN 15200)
Many of our current massive metropoles were no more than small settlements 1000 years ago. Some have only come into existence in the past century. This course will explore the creation of the modern cities across the world, exploring how they were constructed, how they were sustained through war, famine, prosperity, and peace, and how they became the large megalopolises we know today – like Paris, Shanghai, Chicago, and Dubai. We will explore questions about how the making of these cities shaped trade, migration, and environments, in the cities themselves, in their environs, in their nations, and in the wider world. We will begin to comprehend how and why cities grow, and how population centers can be sustained in both human-made and natural crises. We will explore larger questions of sustainability such as: What is the relationship between humans and the environment, especially in an urban environment? How has that changed over time?

NTSS 305-04 & 05 Environmental Science, Dr. Danny Gustafson, TR 1100-1215 (Section 04 - CRN 15003) & TR 1330-1445 (Section 05 - CRN 15004)
Environmental science is the study of how the natural world works, how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment. Understanding how our actions and inactions affect the world around us is critical to recognizing the type of planet we will leave for future generations. Imagine yourself on a deserted island where you are bound by the resources present, and every decision you make could be crucial to your survival. How would your decisions be different if the island has a growing population, natural resources are not distributed evenly, and you have a democratic form of government? This course is aimed to help you make good decisions on how to stay alive and preserve the resources around you on the island (Earth). This introductory course will address real-world environmental issues and how we can affect positive changes to improve livability and sustainability.

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