Rebeca F Rivera
Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
Consumption and Sustainable Practices
The impacts of American consumption are linked to environmental problems and increased social inequality on a global scale. At the 1992 Earth Summit countries of the global South gained enough political power to bring Northern over-consumption to the forefront of the global environmental agenda. However, the United States population has difficulty changing consumer behavior to help alleviate the problem.
This course will investigate why we consume the way we do, the environmental and social impacts of consumption, and possibilities for change. We will examine the interdisciplinary study of consumption incorporating theories and research from the humanities, social science, policy, natural science, and grassroots movements.
Student learning goals
To understand the theories and methods used in the study of consumption
To summarize and respond critically to course readings
To think critically and articulate issues related to consumption at the local, national, and global levels
To analyze your own consumption practices utilizing course material
To engage in thoughtful and respectful discourse around important topics
To facilitate class discussions—to develop discussion questions and facilitation skills that fosters a safe environment, student participation and the inclusion of multiple perspectives
General method of instruction
Lectures, in-class activities and student facilitated discussion The instructor will make an effort to incorporate specific student interests, needs, and learning objectives into course content.
Class assignments and grading
Reading assignments, student facilitation, final project (with option for community-based learning or research project) and self-evaluations
A portion of the final grade will be based on students self assessment. Students will create their own learning goals and objectives at the beginning of the quarter. Students will then re-evaluate themselves at midterm and at the end of the quarter.