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Rebeca F Rivera
BIS 396
Bothell Campus

Topics in Sustainability

Examines topics in sustainability. Includes social, political, historical, cultural, artistic, economic, or scientific explorations of sustainability issues.

Class description

Garbage! This course will examine our waste from how and why we produce waste, where it goes, and possibilities for change. This class will address the following questions. What is the history of waste? When and how is recycling sustainable? How toxic is our waste? What does our waste say about us as a society and as a campus? What are the social justice issues around waste? We will draw from a variety of interdisciplinary topics such as archeology (garbology), anthropology, economics, ecology, and business. We will apply what we learn in the class by conducting an on-campus project to weigh and categorize campus waste. We will present our findings to campus facilities. We will also go on two fieldtrips.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Small and large group discussions Hands on garbology project to analyze campus waste streams (there is an associated lab fee for saftey gear) Guest Speakers Short lectures Student led facilitation and presentations Films

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading responses, short assignments, and garbology project.

All readings will be available through the library e-reserve.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rebeca F Rivera
Date: 02/11/2014