Rebeca F Rivera
B CUSP 107
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.
The Future of the Earth There's talk and disagreement all around us about environmental issues such as "sustainability," "being green," "climate change," "global warming," "carbon footprints," "conservation," "recycling," and "fair trade." What do they all mean? How can we separate fact from fiction? What are the connections between these terms? What do our environmental problems mean for your own future as well as the future of the earth? How are these topics approached in the University? We will dig into environmental issues to understand how these terms are being used in both popular culture and by scientists. As a class we will explore what these issues mean for our future—will climate change lead to environmental collapse or to warmer weather? If everyone bought "green," "recycled," or "natural products," would we be sustainable? Will there be any fish left in the ocean? This course is an introduction to environmental science and environmental studies at UWB. Throughout the course you will explore interdisciplinary perspectives that combine economics, anthropology, geography, ecology, and climate science. Through this course you will gain academic skills as well as understand how these issues may impact your own choices and lifestyle.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This course will minimize lectures and emphasize experiential learning through hands-on and interactive in-class activities and assignments. We will also also include regular peer discussions, large class discussions, films, guest speakers and peer-editing.
Readings will be available through the library on electronic reserve. There are no text books to purchase for this course.
Class assignments and grading