ES 700: Ecological Thought


83894 (for web registration)




Joy Ackerman






Summer 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 6/23 (9:00AM-11:59AM)
Sun 6/24 - 6/26 (2:00PM-5:59PM)
Wed 6/27 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Thu 6/28 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Fri 6/29 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Sat 6/30 (8:00AM-11:59AM)


Competency Area: Foundation
Restricted to Ph.D. I students.
The course is organized on the premise that there is an emerging ecological worldview that is the foundation of academic environmental studies, professional environmental practice, and the contemporary environmental movement. This worldview transcends the domain of environmentalism per se, and is influential in a range of disciplines, professions and dimensions of public life. This course explores the dynamics of its emergence, by attending to three interconnected conceptual sets: ecology, nature and life (systems thinking, ecological thinking, evolutionary thought), power, place and space (power relations, natural resource transformation, globalization, the commons, paradigms of activism, environmental movements), and meaning, purpose, and identity (ecopsychology and ecospirituality, literary expression, perception and language, story and myth, and ecological identity). Students will have the opportunity to explore the intellectual roots of their own ecological worldview and to assess a specific intellectual direction of interest. Additional contact hours will be met by specific coursework designed to be completed on-line. Note: There will be pre-readings and preparatory work before classes.