ESP 524: Patterns of Environmental Activism

Synonym:

56802 (for web registration)

Section:

B

Faculty:

Steven Chase

Credits:

3

Seats:

4

Semester:

Fall 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/4 - 12/18 (8:30AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Civic Ecology
Section A: Restricted to Summer 08 and Fall 08 entering ES students.
Section B: Restricted to Conservation Biology students who entered Fall 07 and earlier through July 31; open to all ES students on August 1.

Environmentalism is a very broad and diverse social movement, with many different streams and tributaries – some mainstream, some radical, some progressive, and some reactionary. In this course, we will not only explore the diversity of the last four decades of environmental thought and activism in the United States, but also the thoughts and actions of earlier advocates of preserving wildlands, protecting public health, and promoting more sustainable approaches to living on the earth. The goals of the course are to 1) explore the diversity of response thoughtful people have had to the negative environmental consequences of our urban, industrial capitalist society; 2) develop a more critical understanding of the forces arrayed against moving our societies in the direction of greater justice, democracy, environmental protection, public health, and long