NYU ENVST-UA 101 - ENVST-UA 101 Syllabus (7 pages)

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Envst-Ua 101 - Environment & Society

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V36 0101 Environment and Society Spring 2008 Tuesday and Thursday 2 3 15 194 Mercer 306 Please note that the details of this syllabus are not finalized Readings and assignments might change Instructor Anne Rademacher th Office 285 Mercer 9 Floor Office hours TBA COURSE DESCRIPTION This course surveys social aspects of the relationship between human beings and the nonhuman world Through an exploration of historical and contemporary debates we will consider the many ways that the relationship between nature and society can be conceptualized and politicized We will further consider the stakes of various ideas about nature and society Three analytical questions will guide our inquiry How do ideas and knowledge about the environment vary across time and place How have ideas about the environment and society developed in relation to historic economic and political processes How are environmental problems and solutions articulated and by whom Throughout the course we will use theoretical and methodological tools from the social sciences to guide our analysis of the social processes that influence ideas practices and debates about the environment REQUIREMENTS This course covers a wide range of topics and a long historical period To do well in the course it is essential that you attend all lectures and complete all the required readings before coming to class The lectures will assume that you have read the readings thoroughly and will often introduce additional material that does not appear on the syllabus Due to the structure and content of the course attendance is mandatory at all lectures and recitations Attendance will be taken at every class Three 2 page analytical commentaries will be due over the course of the semester Further instructions about the content of these papers will be provided in class Several short reading assessments quizzes will be administered in class You will complete a group project and short presentation The content of this collaborative project



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