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ENVIR 100 Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5) I&S/NW
Introduces environmental studies through interdisciplinary examination of the ethical, political, social, and scientific dimensions of current and historical environmental issues. Integrates material from different disciplines, and applies insights and methods to actual problems and situations at scales from the local to the global. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Kristina M Straus
ENVIR 103 Society and the Oceans (5) I&S/NW
Explores the social and policy dimensions of the ocean environment and ocean management policy. Pays attention to how human values, institutions, culture, and history shape environmental issues and policy responses. Examines case studies and influential frameworks, such as the ocean as "tragedy of the commons." Offered: jointly with JSIS B 103/SMEA 103.
Instructor Course Description: Patrick John Christie
ENVIR 200 Environmental Studies: Communication and Information (5) VLPA/I&S
A practical course for developing the skills necessary to engage, analyze, write, and speak about complex environmental issues in a variety of disciplinary contexts with particular values and emphases. Focus on reading, writing, presentation, and critical analysis of written material. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 100; minimum grade of 2.0 in either C LIT 240, ENGL 109 and ENGL 110; ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, ENGL 281, ENGL 297, ENGL 298, or ENGL 299. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew M Rose
ENVIR 211 Environmental Justice (5) I&S Pena
Examines introductory studies of environmental racism and ecological injustice in the United States and select areas of the world. Reviews environmental justice theories and methods applied to risk science, ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development. Includes comparative studies of social movements for "eco-justice." Offered: jointly with AES 211/ANTH 211.
ENVIR 221 Environmental History of the U.S. (5) I&S
Surveys the relationship between nature and human history, including the impact of the non-human environment on American history and the environmental effects of colonization, urbanization, and consumerism; the cultural construction of nature in different eras and its social implications; the sources and limits of modern environmental politics. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 221; A.
ENVIR 235 Introduction to Environmental Economics (5) I&S/NW Rabotyagov
Introduces environmental and natural resource economics. Discusses fundamental economic concepts, including markets and private property. Includes basic tools used in the economic assessment of environmental problems and applies these methods to key environmental issues. Offered: jointly with ECON 235/ESRM 235; Sp.
ENVIR 240 The Urban Farm (5) NW E. WHEAT
Develops students' understanding the ecological connections between food production, human health, and planetary sustainability. Teaches basic skills needed for food production in urban areas and the ethics behind sustainable urban agriculture, including a hands-on component on the farm at the biology greenhouse. Offered: Sp.
ENVIR 243 Environmental Ethics (5) I&S
Focuses on some of the philosophical questions that arise in connection with environmental studies. Topics to be considered include: the ideological roots of current issues, values and the natural world, public policy and risk assessment, intergenerational justice, and social change. Offered: jointly with PHIL 243.
Instructor Course Description: Lauren Hartzell Nichols
ENVIR 250 Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods (5) NW, QSR
Introduction to the diversity of methods for collecting and analyzing data used to understand complex environmental issues. Case studies help to illustrate research design processes, and introduce key methods of data collection and analysis relevant to the problem. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 100. Offered: AW.
Instructor Course Description: Megan Styles
ENVIR 280 Natural History: Knowing Our Non-Human Neighbors (5) NW Tewksbury
Introduces natural history, the observation and representation of nature, at biological scales from organisms to landscapes. Emphasizes the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Offered: Sp.
ENVIR 296 Study Abroad - Environmental Studies (1-15, max. 15)
Environmental studies course taken through an approved study abroad program, for which there are no direct UW equivalents. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
ENVIR 300 Environmental Studies: Synthesis and Application (5) I&S/NW
Synthesis and application of natural and social science disciplines to environmental issues in specific, place-based case studies. Cases illustrate design of environmental policies, analysis of complex environmental problems, and the entanglement of facts and values in environmental decision-making. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 200 and ENVIR 250; recommended: ENVIR major foundational courses. Offered: WSp.
Instructor Course Description: Megan Styles
ENVIR 313 Environmental Earth Science (5) NW
Analysis of geologic constraints upon human activity and the environmental consequences of such activity. Topics include hillslope processes, fluvial and groundwater processes, earthquake and volcanic hazards, and environmental aspects of deforestation and atmospheric pollution. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211. Offered: jointly with ESS 315.
ENVIR 320 Changing Rivers of Puget Sound (5) NW
Explores the physical and ecological evolution of Puget Sound rivers, their geologic origins, hydro-geomorphic processes, and associated ecosystems. Uses methods for detecting and evaluating natural and anthropogenic environmental change, and the historical context of resource management and restoration, including Native American treaty rights and impacts of population growth and climate change. Offered: jointly with AIS 320/ESS 320; Sp.
ENVIR 330 Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (5) NW
Links the physics of climate to marine ecosystem processes, exploring both observed climate impacts from the past and projected ecosystem changes due to human-caused climate change in the future. Case studies include polar, sub-arctic, temperate, tropical, and upwelling ecosystems, and ocean-acidification and its projected impacts. Required: high school or college physics and algebra with a basic understanding of Newton's Laws and the ability to comprehend and construct vector diagrams. Offered: jointly with FISH 330.
Instructor Course Description: Nathan Mantua
ENVIR 341 Energy and Environment (3) NW
Energy use. Fossil energy conversion. Oil, gas, coal resources. Air impacts. Nuclear energy principles, reactors, fuel cycle. Prerequisite: either MATH 112, MATH 124, or Q SCI 291; either CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 144, PHYS 114, or PHYS 121. Offered: jointly with CHEM E 341/M E 341; A.
Instructor Course Description: Philip C Malte
ENVIR 350 Internship (1-5, max. 15)
Fieldwork, coursework, or other learning experience conducted off-campus, but supervised by UW faculty. Credit/no-credit only.
ENVIR 360 Environmental Norms in International Politics (5) I&S Ingebritsen
Surveys development of international environmental consciousness from 1960s to present. Models of "green development"; ways in which norms for resource use have entered global politics. Patterns of state compliance with international environmental agreements, and why states fall short of meeting their international obligations. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 350/SCAND 350.
ENVIR 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5) I&S/NW Bakker
An introduction to ecological restoration of damaged ecosystems. Examines the philosophical base of restoration as well as the social, biological, and political forces that impact the success of any restoration project. Includes lectures, readings, case studies, and field trips. Offered: jointly with ESRM 362; A.
ENVIR 371 Anthropology of Development (5) I&S Sivaramakrishnan
Development refers to social, economic, cultural, political transformations viewed as progress. Studied from anthropological perspectives. Historical, social context for emergence of ideas of development. Role of development in promoting national cultures. Impact of development on individual citizenship, families, rural-urban relations, workers, business, environment. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course. Offered: jointly with ANTH 371.
Instructor Course Description: Matthew A. Hale K. Sivaramakrishnan
ENVIR 379 Environmental Sociology (5) I&S/NW
Social processes by which environmental conditions are transformed into environmental problems; scientific claims, popularization of science, issue-framing, problem-amplification, economic opportunism, and institutional sponsorship. Examination of social constructs such as ecosystem, community, and free-market economy. Use of human ecology to assess whether the current framing of environmental problems promotes ecological adaptability. Offered: jointly with ESRM 371/SOC 379; A.
ENVIR 384 Global Environmental Politics (5) I&S
Examines the globalization of environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity, as well as the globalization of political responses to these problems within the framework of globalization as set of interlinked economic, technological, cultural, and political processes. Offered: jointly with POL S 384.
Instructor Course Description: Jason F Lambacher
ENVIR 385 Political Ecology of the World Food System (5) I&S/NW Litfin
Investigates the intersection of globalization and food politics, the pivotal role of petroleum in the world food system, and the commodity chains for some foods. Includes an optional service learning component. Offered: jointly with POL S 385.
Instructor Course Description: Karen T Litfin
ENVIR 415 Sustainability and Design for Environment (3) Cooper
Analysis and design of technology systems within the context of the environment, economy, and society. Applies the concepts of resource conservation, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment, and extended product responsibility. Examines the practice, opportunities, and role of engineering, management, and public policy. Offered: jointly with CEE 495/M E 415.
ENVIR 416 Ethics and Climate Change (5) I&S Gardiner
Critical examination of the ethical issues surrounding climate change. Prerequisite: either one philosophy or one environmental studies course. Offered: jointly with PHIL 416.
Instructor Course Description: Lauren C. Hartzell Stephen M. Gardiner
ENVIR 417 Advanced Topics in Environmental Philosophy (5) I&S Gardiner
Critical examination of issues in environmental philosophy. Topics vary. Prerequisite: one philosophy course. Offered: jointly with PHIL 417.
ENVIR 418 Communications and the Environment (5) I&S
Examines the role of mass media in the resolution of environmental problems. Topics include strengths and weaknesses of media coverage, use of media by environmental groups and government agencies, media effects on public opinion, and mass communication and social movements. Offered: jointly with COM 418.
ENVIR 433 Environmental Degradation in the Tropics (5) I&S/NW Christie
Considers theories and controversies of environmental degradation in the tropics, ecological and social case studies of Central American rain forests and Southeast Asian coral reefs, and implications of environmental management techniques. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 433/SMEA 433.
Instructor Course Description: Patrick John Christie
ENVIR 439 Attaining a Sustainable Society (3) I&S/NW
Discusses diverse environmental issues, the importance of all areas of scholarship to evaluating environmental challenges, and the connections between the past and the future, to reveal integrative approaches to protect the long-term interests of human society. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Elizabeth E Wheat
ENVIR 459 Culture, Ecology, and Politics (5) I&S Pena
Critical studies of class, gender and race differences in environmental politics. The political-economic dimensions of ecological change. Contemporary environmental movements including the varieties of bioregionalism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, ecosocialism, environmental justice, and social ecology. Offered: jointly with ANTH 459.
Instructor Course Description: Megan Styles
ENVIR 460 Power, Privilege, and Perservation (5) I&S/NW, DIV
Critically examines strategies of resource managers to integrate local communities and cultures in protected areas management. Explores issues of power, privilege, and injustice and their impacts on individuals, society, and resource management decisions. Examines the potential for more socially just and ecologically sustainable approaches to protected areas management. Offered: A.
ENVIR 475 Environmental Impacts of Small Scale Societies (5) I&S Grayson, Smith
Examines the environmental impacts (positive and negative) among prehistoric and historic/ethnographic small-scale (hunter-gatherer and horticultural) societies worldwide, and debates these impacts, within a theoretical framework provided by evolutionary ecology and biogeography. Offered: jointly with BIO A 475.
ENVIR 476 Introduction to Environmental Law and Process (3) I&S Bryant
Use and application of key statutes in marine living resources management. Overview of administrative law and process. Basic legal research, reading, and briefing selected judicial opinions. Participatory case study component. Designed for non-law graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Offered: jointly with SMEA 476; A.
ENVIR 478 Topics in Sustainable Fisheries (3, max. 9) I&S/NW
Seminar series featuring local, national, and internationally known speakers in fisheries management and conservation. Conservation/restoration in practice. Pre-seminar discussion section focusing on select readings. Topics may include harvest management, whaling, by-catch, salmon, marine protected areas, introduced species, citizen action, co-management, and marine ethics. Offered: jointly with BIOL 478/FISH 478.
ENVIR 480 Sustainability Studio (5, max. 10)
Exploration of definitions and critical concepts of sustainability and analysis of sustainability practices on the UW campus. Student research teams analyze specific sustainability practices related to food, water, energy, and climate, among other topics. Sustainability project topic focus is different each quarter. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Megan Horst
ENVIR 489 Peer Teaching Assistants in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 10)
Develops and enhances teaching skills through supervised direct teaching experience. Prepares students for graduate school teaching or other teaching by developing leadership, mentoring, and communication skills. Includes attending lectures and weekly preparation sessions, directed discussions with faculty and TAs, and teaching course lab, field, or discussion sections. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
ENVIR 490 Pre-Capstone Seminar (2)
Critique readings on environmental education and applied environmental work. Define a capstone experience based on personal interests and skills and complete a learning contract and a contextual bibliography for ENVIR 491. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 300. Offered: ASp.
Instructor Course Description: Patrick S. Mcdonald
ENVIR 491 Capstone Experience ([1-12]-, max. 12)
Capstone experiences, arranged during ENVIR 490, may include internships and other applied environmental work, directed research on environmental topics, or team efforts. Prerequisite: ENVIR 490. Offered: AWSpS.
ENVIR 492 Post-Capstone Seminar (-3)
Build writing skills around course readings and discussion. Complete three final products: a capstone analysis paper summarizing and contextualizing work in ENVIR 491; an integrative essay reflecting on personal education; and a formal capstone presentation. Prerequisite: ENVIR 491. Offered: ASp.
Instructor Course Description: Patrick S. Mcdonald
ENVIR 495 Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 15)
Advanced topics in environmental studies. Offered: AWSpS.
Instructor Course Description: Elizabeth E Wheat Megan Styles Patrick A Bridegam Stevan Harrell
ENVIR 496 Study Abroad - Advanced Environmental Studies (1-15, max. 15)
Environmental studies course taken through an approved study abroad program for which there are no direct UW equivalents. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
Instructor Course Description: Thomas M Hinckley
ENVIR 497 Seminar in Environmental Studies (1-3, max. 6)
Intensive and advanced reading and discussion of selected works in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Topics vary. Credit/no-credit only.
Instructor Course Description: David R Montgomery
ENVIR 498 Independent Study (1-5, max. 15)
Independent reading and/or research. Limited to majors and minors in Environmental Studies.
ENVIR 499 Undergraduate Research (1-15, max. 15)
Undergraduate research in environmental studies. Offered: AWSpS.
ENVIR 500 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 15)
Exploration of interdisciplinary themes in environmental science communication. Topics vary.
Instructor Course Description: Amy K. Snover Alison Cullen Martha Groom
ENVIR 501 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Management (1-5, max. 15)
Addresses a contemporary interdisciplinary issue in environmental management by integrating the perspectives and theories of science/technology, public policy, and business. Format emphasizes interactive, hands-on approaches to problem solving, with visiting lectures by academic and/or external practitioners.
Instructor Course Description: Craig W. Thomas
ENVIR 502 Business Strategy and the Natural Environment (4)
Applies economic and business principles (marketing, accounting, operations) to understand interactions between business and the natural environment and how environmental issues influence business strategy. Theory and case studies explore strategies that both respond to and seek competitive advantage from firms' interactions with the environment.
ENVIR 503 Role of Scientific Information in Environmental Decisions (3) Bostrom, Cullen
Examines how science contributes to decisions that affect the natural environment: how science and scientists help frame debates and decisions; how scientific findings are incorporated into decision making processes; and how scientists and nonscientists deal with uncertainty.
ENVIR 511 Environmental Management - Keystone Project I (4)
First in a two-quarter, project-base course in which graduate students in the Environmental Management Certificate work in teams of an environmental problem for a government, business, or non-profit organization. Keystone projects address a range of issues in environmental management, and integrate aspects of science, policy, and business. Offered: A.
ENVIR 512 Environmental Management - Keystone Project II (4)
Second in a two-quarter, project-base course in which graduate students in the Environmental Management Certificate work in teams of an environmental problem for a government, business, or non-profit organization. Keystone projects address a range of issues in environmental management, and integrate aspects of science, policy, and business. Prerequisite: ENVIR 511. Offered: W.
ENVIR 585 Climate Impacts on the Pacific Northwest (4) Mantua, Snover
Knowledge of past/future patterns of climate to improve Pacific Northwest resource management. Topics include the predictability of natural/human-caused climate changes; past societal reactions to climate impacts on water, fish, forest, and coastal resources; how climate and public policies interact to affect ecosystems and society. Offered: jointly with ATM S 585/ESS 585/SMEA 585; Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Amy K. Snover
ENVIR 600 Independent Study or Research ([1-5]-)
Independent reading and research. Limited to students enrolled in the Program on the Environment's graduate certificate programs.