Sustainability-related courses explore social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions. The courses vary in the degree to which sustainability is a focus of study and are classified into two categories. Sustainability Investigations courses (SINV) engage students in a deep and focused study of problems with sustainability as a major emphasis of the course. Sustainability Connections courses (SCON) engage students in making connections between the main topic of the course and sustainability. Sustainability is related to but is not a major focus of SCON courses. Beginning with the Class of 2019, all students must complete a sustainability course as a graduation requirement.


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Sustainability Courses
in Spring 2018

Archaeology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ARCH-318
Spring 2018
Advanced Applications in GIS
Ciarrocca, James
The course is intended as a continuation of the introductory course on Geographic Information Systems, 218, and will concentrate on more advanced discussions and techniques related to spatial analysis and GIS project design. The main focus of the course will be on using higher-level GIS methods to investigate and analyze spatial problems of varying complexity; however, the specific project and topical applications will vary depending on student interests. Students will be required to develop and complete an individual spatial analysis project that incorporates advanced GIS techniques. Prerequisite: 218 or ENST 218 or ERSC 218 or equivalent GIS experience. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 318 and ERSC 318. Offered every two years.
SINV

Art & Art History

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ARTH-130
Spring 2018
Art and Sustainability
Cervino, Anthony
This course promotes themes of sustainability and social engagement as the catalyst for artmaking. Primarily investigated through the design and construction of sculptures, installation art or other creative acts, students will explore creative practices exemplified by land art, social practice art, collaborative art, and social sculpture, among others.
SCON

Biology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
BIOL-131
Spring 2018
Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Ocean Ecology
Potthoff, Michael
This introductory course spans levels of biological organization from basic multicellular microanatomy to organismal physiology and ecology, as understood through the lens of evolution. Course content will be focused around a specific theme determined by the instructor, and will include evolutionary principles of variation, selection, competition and cooperation, and how their operation at different levels of organization accounts for form and function of organisms, communities, and ecosystems. We will investigate homeostasis, reproduction and development as physiological processes that take place within organisms, and as ecological processes that interact with the environment and generate diversity of form over evolutionary time. Finally we will take stock of the existing forms and levels of biological organization and ask how their relationships establish the biosphere in which we live. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This is one of two courses required of all Biology majors before entering the upper level. It is complementary to BIOL 132 – Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells, and the courses may be taken in either order.
SINV
BIOL-131
Spring 2018
Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Physiology
Smith, Jason
This introductory course spans levels of biological organization from basic multicellular microanatomy to organismal physiology and ecology, as understood through the lens of evolution. Course content will be focused around a specific theme determined by the instructor, and will include evolutionary principles of variation, selection, competition and cooperation, and how their operation at different levels of organization accounts for form and function of organisms, communities, and ecosystems. We will investigate homeostasis, reproduction and development as physiological processes that take place within organisms, and as ecological processes that interact with the environment and generate diversity of form over evolutionary time. Finally we will take stock of the existing forms and levels of biological organization and ask how their relationships establish the biosphere in which we live. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This is one of two courses required of all Biology majors before entering the upper level. It is complementary to BIOL 132 – Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells, and the courses may be taken in either order.
SINV

Chemistry

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
CHEM-132
Spring 2018
General Chemistry II with Lab
Barker, Kathryn
A continuation of Chemistry 131. Topics covered in the second semester will include: kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, and buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and transition metal chemistry. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 131.
SCON
CHEM-242
Spring 2018
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
Barker, Kathryn
Crouch, R David
Gavenonis, Jason
Holden, Michael
This course continues the study of the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules started in 241. Particular emphasis is placed on unsaturated systems. Laboratory work continues investigations into the synthesis, analysis, and identification of organic and inorganic molecules begun in 241. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 241.
SCON

Economics

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ECON-222
Spring 2018
Environmental Economics
Underwood, Anthony
A study of human production and consumption activities as they affect the natural and human environmental systems and as they are affected by those systems. The economic behavioral patterns associated with the market economy are scrutinized in order to reveal the biases in the decision-making process which may contribute to the deterioration of the resource base and of the quality of life in general. External costs and benefits, technological impacts, limits to economic growth, and issues of income and wealth distribution are examined. A range of potential policy measures, some consistent with our life style and some not, are evaluated. Prerequisite: 111.
SCON
ECON-288
Spring 2018
Contending Economic Perspectives
Kongar, Mesude
A study of major heterodox economic theories such as Marxian, institutional, feminist, post-Keynesian, or Austrian economics. Students will study these contending economic perspectives through their historical evolution, methods and theoretical structures, and/or current policy debates. Prerequisites: 111 and 112.
SCON
ECON-496
Spring 2018
Political Economy of Health
Kongar, Mesude
Permission of Instructor Required. In a world of unprecedented wealth, the average life-expectancy in some parts of the world is as low as 49 years. Almost 2 million children die each year because they lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation. 100 million women are not alive today due to unequal access to nutrition, care and economic resources. In the United States, infant mortality rates are significantly higher among African-Americans. What are the political and economic conditions which lead to these differences in well-being across and within nations? In this course, students will examine the relationships between health and political and economic conditions world populations face today. The emphasis throughout the course will be on how socioeconomic inequalities based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, nationality and other social categories affect health and well-being outcomes.
SCON

Environmental Studies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ENST-162
Spring 2018
Integrative Environmental Science
Douglas, Margaret
Pedersen, Brian
This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary environmental science. Students will learn to draw upon a variety of natural sciences to identify and address environmental challenges. Students will examine environmental issues analytically, learn to evaluate existing data, and begin to develop skills for acquiring new knowledge via the scientific method. They will be exposed to basic techniques for assessing environmental problems in lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 161
SINV
ENST-280
Spring 2018
Environmental and Social Justice
Bedi, Heather
This course reviews social inequalities in relation to environmental issues. We examine the social construction of equity and justice, and apply this learning to understand how societies frame environmental risk. Drawing from domestic and international case studies, we explore how marginalized people and communities disproportionately experience environmental externalities. The social and environmental consequences of uneven development across place exemplify justice and capitalism contradictions. Examples of community agency to re-appropriate or reframe their environment will allow us to understand collective action to counter social and environmental injustices. This course is cross-listed with SOCI 230.
SINV
ENST-310
Spring 2018
Air Pollution and Health
Arashiro, Maiko
This course will focus on the sources and cause of air pollutants in ambient and indoor environments and its impact on public health. Other course topics include current and past environmental regulation and air pollution control technology. Laboratory and field studies and will focus on air pollution monitoring techniques and local air quality.
SINV
ENST-310
Spring 2018
Ornithology
Van Fleet, Pamela
The classroom component of this course emphasizes the evolution, morphology, physiology, ecology and conservation biology of birds. Students will have numerous opportunities both in and outside of the classroom to examine conservation issues and actions as they relate to the functioning of natural ecosystems, the consequences of anthropogenic impacts to those environments and learn how sustainability practices influence many bird species, populations and communities. The lab portion of this course will focus on hands-on learning through a variety of tools, mechanisms and field experiences including but not limited to use of study skins and skeletons, field guides, optics and field-monitoring techniques. Students will be regularly immersed in living labs during field trips both local and regional including visits to a bird banding station, state wildlife management areas and research study sites. In addition students will learn how to identify birds through specific behaviors, visual field marks, songs and calls. There will be at least one day-long field trip during a weekend, one extended lab field trip to a waterfowl stopover habitat during spring migration and an optional 4-5 day field trip over spring break to visit other sites utilized by birds in and outside of Pennsylvania. Each student will also complete a research paper on selected ornithological topics.
SINV
ENST-311
Spring 2018
Environmental Leadership and Organizing for Sustainable Social Change
Beevers, Michael
The goal of this class is to think about ourselves as agents of change and focus on forging solutions to environmental and social problems. Students will form a deep understanding of the theories, approaches and practices of social change and become familiar with issue campaigns, community organizing, new and traditional media, diversity and alliance building, facilitation and group process and power analysis. Students will enhance their understanding of what leadership is, and explore the passions, values and skills they bring to this work. Students will learn from leaders and organizers and get hands-on experience putting their ideas for social change into practice. The course is applicable to those that want to understand how non-profit organizations work for sustained change as well as those interested in being entrepreneurs or policy makers that want to initiate change.
SINV
ENST-318
Spring 2018
Advanced Applications in GIS
Ciarrocca, James
The course is intended as a continuation of the introductory course on Geographic Information Systems, 218, and will concentrate on more advanced discussions and techniques related to spatial analysis and GIS project design. The main focus of the course will be on using higher-level GIS methods to investigate and analyze spatial problems of varying complexity; however, the specific project and topical applications will vary depending on student interests. Students will be required to develop and complete an individual spatial analysis project that incorporates advanced GIS techniques. Prerequisite: ENST 218 or ERSC 218 or ARCH 218 or equivalent GIS experience. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ERSC 318 and ARCH 318. Offered every two years.
SINV
ENST-406
Spring 2018
Understanding the Human Place in Nature: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Beevers, Michael
This senior seminar course explores in-depth the complex interactions between humans and the natural world through multiple and overlapping disciplines and viewpoints. We will reflect on what we mean by the environment and nature, and explore how these powerful concepts and understandings have evolved and been given significance through science, religion, philosophy, history, ethics, culture, politics, race and gender. The course engages critically with topics that lie at the heart of current environmental debates, and provides for understanding on issues ranging from wilderness and species protection and rainforest "destruction" to social justice, policy, planning and the commodification of the natural world. This course is designed to help us (re)evaluate our place is nature, comprehend the search for sustainability and guide our future endeavors. It is required for environmental studies and science students and highly recommended for those in all disciplines with an interest in living sustainability.
SCON

Earth Sciences

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ERSC-141
Spring 2018
Earth's Hazards
Edwards, Benjamin
This course examines natural processes such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass wasting events, and floods that have the potential to produce disastrous consequences for humans. All of these processes result from interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere directly or indirectly, which is the realm of earth sciences. Increasing global populations and increasingly interdependent national economies mean that few disasters are now only ‘local’. This course will use examples such as case studies of recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to examine how natural processes can be hazardous, and whether or not humans can anticipate and mitigate these kinds of hazards to prevent future disasters. Laboratory work will include analog experiments, field trips, and video analysis of historic disasters. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
SINV
ERSC-142
Spring 2018
Earth's Changing Climate
Thibodeau, Alyson
An overview of our understanding of climate processes and their interaction with the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere based on studies of ancient climates, which inform our understanding of climate change now and into the future. Topics include drivers of climate change at different time scales, evidence for climate change, and major climate events such as ice ages. Emphasis will be placed on the last 1 million years of earth history as a prelude to discussing potential anthropogenic impacts on the climate. Case studies of major climate “players” such as the US and China will be contrasted with those most vulnerable, Africa and SE Asia to determine mitigation and adaptation strategies. The lab component will use historic climate data, field experiences, and climate modeling to interpret climate change processes. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
SINV
ERSC-309
Spring 2018
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Key, Marcus
Completion of both ERSC 305 and ERSC 309 fulfills the WID Requirement. A study of the processes and patterns of sedimentation as well as the spatial and temporal distribution of rock strata. This includes the origin, transportation, deposition, lithification, and diagenesis of sediments. Lithology, geochemistry, paleontology, geochronology, and seismology will be used to understand the history of rock strata. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 141 and 142, or permission of instructor. Completion of both 305 and 309 fulfills the WID graduation requirement. Offered every other year.
SCON
ERSC-318
Spring 2018
Advanced Applications in GIS
Ciarrocca, James
The course is intended as a continuation of the introductory course on Geographic Information Systems, 218, and will concentrate on more advanced discussions and techniques related to spatial analysis and GIS project design. The main focus of the course will be on using higher-level GIS methods to investigate and analyze spatial problems of varying complexity; however, the specific project and topical applications will vary depending on student interests. Students will be required to develop and complete an individual spatial analysis project that incorporates advanced GIS techniques. Prerequisite: ENST 218 or ERSC 218 or ARCH 218 or equivalent GIS experience. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 318 and ARCH 318. Offered every two years.
SINV

Intl Business & Management

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
INBM-100
Spring 2018
Fundamentals of Business
Ritchey, Sherry
Takacs, C Helen
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
SCON
INBM-300
Spring 2018
Business & Climate Change
Takacs, C Helen
In 2017, Dickinson College signed the "We Are Still In" open letter on climate change. More than 1,500 companies - including Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, Nestle and Nike - have also signed this letter to publicly express their commitments to addressing climate change. In this course, we will explore the wide array of risks and opportunities that climate change presents for business; the many way that businesses are already responding to climate change; and, perhaps most importantly, how business can lead the effort to mitigate climate change.
SINV

International Studies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
INST-277
Spring 2018
International Politics of the Middle East
Webb, Edward
This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and MEST 266.
SCON
INST-280
Spring 2018
American Foreign Policy
Stuart, Douglas
A survey of U.S. foreign policy. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 280.
SCON

Italian

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ITAL-201
Spring 2018
Intermediate Italian
Lanzilotta, Luca
Intensive introduction to conversation and composition, with special attention to grammar review and refinement. Essays, fiction and theater, as well as Italian television and films, provide opportunities to improve familiarity with contemporary Italian language and civilization. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
SCON

Lat Am/Latino/Caribbean Stdies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
LALC-295
Spring 2018
Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Reyes Zaga, Hector
This interdisciplinary introduction to Latina/o Studies discusses foundational historical, cultural, political, artistic, and literary texts of the U.S. Latina/o community. This class will cover diasporic movements and issues of identity, with a particular focus on the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban-American diaspora. Prerequisite: SPAN 231. This course is cross-listed as SPAN 295.
SCON
LALC-300
Spring 2018
Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife?
Tordin, Giseli
In 2016 a Brazil's right-leaning magazine published an article on the wife of Brazil's vice-president, entitled “Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife”. Subtly the magazine supported the idea that women do not occupy powerful positions. Instead, they must accompany a man. Unlike this stereotype (objected with a whole of outrage in social media), throughout the twentieth-century, a considerable number of Brazilian authors like Clarice Lispector, Marina Colassanti, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Adélia Prado, Guimarães Rosa, Patrícia Melo, Lya Luft, Sônia Coutinho, and filmmakers like Fernanda Vairelle, and Kléber Mendonça, among others have designed other destinies for the underrepresentation of women. Exploring themes like madness, eroticism, and aging, these authors subvert a set of beliefs that permeate the image of women insofar as reinstate women center-stage. We will study how a variety of authors believe that there is an overarching cultural background underlying minority or excluded groups. Therefore, this course aims at examining a broad range of Brazilian texts and films to understand how it is not homogeneity, but diversity, that pervades the cultures of social groups.
SCON

Middle East Studies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
MEST-266
Spring 2018
International Politics of the Middle East
Webb, Edward
This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics.This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and INST 277.
SCON

Philosophy

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
PHIL-285
Spring 2018
Justice in World Politics
Reiner, Jason
An examination of how states ought to make ethical decisions about policies of global scope. Should asylum seekers and economic migrants be granted access to social services? How must states fight wars? How ought resources to be distributed between countries? We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the arguments that have been developed in response to at least two of these questions. This course is cross-listed as POSC 208. Prerequisite: 180 or POSC 170, 180, or permission of the instructor.
SCON

Physics

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
PHYS-114
Spring 2018
Climate Change and Renewable Energies
Pfister, Hans
An introduction to the physics of global climate change and a hands-on exposure to several types of renewable energy. The first third of this project-centered course introduces the basic physical principles of global climate change with a focus on radiative equilibrium, greenhouse effect, energy balance, and entropy. Since the energy sources of an energetically sustainable future will consist of renewable energies and possibly thermonuclear fusion energy, the remaining two thirds of the course is devoted to an exploration of wind turbines, solar concentrators, thermoelectric convertors, and photovoltaic systems. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics. Offered every two years.
SINV
PHYS-132
Spring 2018
Introductory Physics
Hamilton-Drager, Catrina
Pfister, Hans
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Topics in thermodynamics, electricity, electronics and magnetism are covered. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. (Students enrolled in Physics 132 who have completed Mathematics 170 are encouraged to continue their mathematics preparation while taking physics by enrolling in Mathematics 171.) Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 131 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 170.
SCON

Portuguese

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
PORT-380
Spring 2018
Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife?
Tordin, Giseli
In 2016 a Brazil's right-leaning magazine published an article on the wife of Brazil's vice-president, entitled “Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife”. Subtly the magazine supported the idea that women do not occupy powerful positions. Instead, they must accompany a man. Unlike this stereotype (objected with a whole of outrage in social media), throughout the twentieth-century, a considerable number of Brazilian authors like Clarice Lispector, Marina Colassanti, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Adélia Prado, Guimarães Rosa, Patrícia Melo, Lya Luft, Sônia Coutinho, and filmmakers like Fernanda Vairelle, and Kléber Mendonça, among others have designed other destinies for the underrepresentation of women. Exploring themes like madness, eroticism, and aging, these authors subvert a set of beliefs that permeate the image of women insofar as reinstate women center-stage. We will study how a variety of authors believe that there is an overarching cultural background underlying minority or excluded groups. Therefore, this course aims at examining a broad range of Brazilian texts and films to understand how it is not homogeneity, but diversity, that pervades the cultures of social groups.
SCON

Political Science

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
POSC-208
Spring 2018
Justice in World Politics
Reiner, Jason
An examination of how states ought to make ethical decisions about policies of global scope. Should asylum seekers and economic migrants be granted access to social services? How must states fight wars? How ought resources to be distributed between countries? We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the arguments that have been developed in response to at least two of these questions. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 285. Prerequisite: 170, 180 or PHIL 180, or permission of the instructor.
SCON
POSC-277
Spring 2018
International Politics of the Middle East
Webb, Edward
This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277.
SCON
POSC-280
Spring 2018
American Foreign Policy
Stuart, Douglas
A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: 170 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 280.
SCON

Religion

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
RELG-110
Spring 2018
Religion and Modern Culture
Donaldson, Mara
Drawing upon popular examples from film, drama, and narrative, as well as critical essays, the course explores both the religious dimensions of modern culture myth, sacred space and time, nature spirituality and the cultural contexts of contemporary theologies gender, race, economics.
SCON
RELG-250
Spring 2018
Mother Earth: Religion and Sustainability
Donaldson, Mara
This course explores the following: the ways religious traditions both contribute to the environmental crisis and provide resources for addressing that crisis; the emergence of sustainability as a defining value in colleges and universities; the roles that Bill McKibben as a writer and climate change activist continues to play in promoting conversations and policy decisions related to values grounded in religious, spiritual, and scientific values.
SCON

Soc Innovation/Entrepreneurshp

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SINE-201
Spring 2018
Introduction to Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Staub, Shalom
This course introduces students to the essential concepts, mindsets and skill sets associated with social entrepreneurship. We begin with an overview of the field of social entrepreneurship. We will then develop a conceptual foundation in systems thinking and the community capital framework. The former allows students to grasp the complexity of social and environmental issues by viewing these issues through the lens of systems theory. The latter recognizes multiple forms of capital that are essential to developing sustainable communities: natural, physical, economic, human, social, and cultural capital. Other course topics may include creativity, innovation, social justice, alternative approaches to economics and business, and sustainability. Through definitional readings, case studies and/or biographies, students gain an understanding of the power of social entrepreneurship to create shared value at the local, regional, and global level. This course serves as the introduction to the Certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, but it is open to all students from all academic disciplines who wish to develop their own capacities to initiate meaningful change in our world.offered every spring.
SINV

Sociology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SOCI-230
Spring 2018
Environmental & Social Justice
Bedi, Heather
This course reviews social inequities in relation to environmental issues. We examine the social construction of notions of equity and justice, and apply this learning to understand how societies frame environmental risk. Drawing from domestic and international case studies, we will explore how marginalized communities disproportionately experience environmental externalities. The social and environmental consequences of uneven development across places exemplify justice and capitalism contradictions. A review of community agency to re-appropriate or reframe their environment will allow us to explore collective action to contest social and environmental injustices.
SINV

Spanish

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SPAN-295
Spring 2018
Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Reyes Zaga, Hector
This interdisciplinary introduction to Latina/o Studies discusses foundational historical, cultural, political, artistic, and literary texts of the U.S. Latina/o community. This class will cover diasporic movements and issues of identity, with a particular focus on the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban-American diaspora. Prerequisite: 231. This course is cross-listed as LALC 295
SCON

Sustainability

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SUST-301
Spring 2018
Environmental Leadership and Organizing for Sustainable Social Change
Beevers, Michael
The goal of this class is to think about ourselves as agents of change and focus on forging solutions to environmental and social problems. Students will form a deep understanding of the theories, approaches and practices of social change and become familiar with issue campaigns, community organizing, new and traditional media, diversity and alliance building, facilitation and group process and power analysis. Students will enhance their understanding of what leadership is, and explore the passions, values and skills they bring to this work. Students will learn from leaders and organizers and get hands-on experience putting their ideas for social change into practice. The course is applicable to those that want to understand how non-profit organizations work for sustained change as well as those interested in being entrepreneurs or policy makers that want to initiate change.
SINV

Women's, Gender & Sexuality St

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
WGSS-301
Spring 2018
Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife?
Tordin, Giseli
In 2016 a Brazil's right-leaning magazine published an article on the wife of Brazil's vice-president, entitled “Pretty, Maidenlike, and a Housewife”. Subtly the magazine supported the idea that women do not occupy powerful positions. Instead, they must accompany a man. Unlike this stereotype (objected with a whole of outrage in social media), throughout the twentieth-century, a considerable number of Brazilian authors like Clarice Lispector, Marina Colassanti, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Adélia Prado, Guimarães Rosa, Patrícia Melo, Lya Luft, Sônia Coutinho, and filmmakers like Fernanda Vairelle, and Kléber Mendonça, among others have designed other destinies for the underrepresentation of women. Exploring themes like madness, eroticism, and aging, these authors subvert a set of beliefs that permeate the image of women insofar as reinstate women center-stage. We will study how a variety of authors believe that there is an overarching cultural background underlying minority or excluded groups. Therefore, this course aims at examining a broad range of Brazilian texts and films to understand how it is not homogeneity, but diversity, that pervades the cultures of social groups.
SCON
WGSS-301
Spring 2018
Queer Politics and Feminist Thought
Oliviero, Kathryn
Permission of Instructor RequiredDrawing from queer, women of color, transgender and transnational perspectives, this course explores key concepts and tensions between queer politics and feminist thought. How does queerness complicate feminist understandings of gendered bodies and sexual behavior, particularly as they are shaped by race, nation, ability, and culture? In what ways does approaching queerness not only as an identity but as a politics contribute to feminist understandings of the relationship between people’s lives and institutional forces like government, medicine and family? Part I surveys the evolution of queer theory’s key concepts and debates with an emphasis on their relationship to feminist understandings of experience, intersectionality, and gender flexibility. Part II explores the visions queer politics offer up for living in a world that is otherwise than it is – what I term queer dreams. Central to Part II’s investigation is how queerness - as a lived experience and a politics - engages with contemporary feminist discussions around racial justice, ability, coalition-building, structural inequality, identity, sexual freedom, globalization, and violence. Through their final research projects, students will explore how queer and feminist theories’ evolving debates apply to a given cultural or political phenomenon of their choice. Creative projects such as podcasts, Op-documentaries, zines and graphic stories are invited.
SCON