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 Fall 2018

Anthropology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ANTH-245
Fall 2018
Biological Determinism and the Myth of Race
Marshack, Joshua
In this course, we will critically assess biological determinism—jumping to biological explanations erroneously—in relation to race, war, gender and sex, and economic inequality. Through the lens of biological anthropology, we will explore conflicting theories of “human nature,” the American eugenics movement, modern scientific racism, and the origin of the concept of race. We will consider questions, such as: Are humans naturally egalitarian? And, is xenophobia evolutionarily adaptive? We will delve into some complex issues, such as that although biological races do not exist in humans, inequality and racism are so pervasive in many societies that they leave measurable biological effects on members of certain ethnic groups.
SCON
ANTH-245
Fall 2018
Primate Socioecology
Marshack, Joshua
This course offers a survey of the order Primates. We will cover the evolution, social behavior, and ecology of our closest relatives: monkeys, apes, and prosimians. In addition to an examination of taxonomy, anatomy, reproduction, and growth and development, emphasis will be placed on conservation and the methods of field primatology. We will address some compelling issues, including aggressive and cooperative behavior, animal tool use, what makes primates distinct, and what distinguishes humans in particular.
SCON

Archaeology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ARCH-218
Fall 2018
Geographic Information Systems
STAFF, ENST
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data and geographically-referenced information. It is used in a wide variety of fields including archaeology, agriculture, business, defense and intelligence, education, government, health care, natural resource management, public safety, transportation, and utility management. This course provides a fundamental foundation of theoretical and applied skills in GIS technology that will enable students to investigate and make reasoned decisions regarding spatial issues. Utilizing GIS software applications from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), students work on a progression of tasks and assignments focused on GIS data collection, manipulation, analysis, output, and presentation. The course will culminate in a final, independent project in which the students design and prepare a GIS analysis application of their own choosing. Three hours classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 218 and ERSC 218.
SINV

Biology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
BIOL-131
Fall 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
Fall 2018
Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Physiology
Zwemer, Charles
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

English

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ENGL-101
Fall 2018
Thoreau and American Nature Writing: Environment, Cultures, and Values
Nichols, B Ashton
Henry David Thoreau's Walden is the foundational document of American nature writing. We will begin with a careful examination of this new genre. We will then work to understand connections between Henry David Thoreau and the tradition of environmental writing that he began. This focus will allow us to engage important questions confronting students and scholars interested in the tradition of environmental literature in America, its sources in wider American culture, and the impact of that tradition on our current environmental movement, nationally and internationally. Writers studied may include: Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, and E. O. Wilson, and more. From the preservation of wild lands to debates about global warming, from the desire to conserve and protect animal species to the need to make use of natural resources for the betterment of human life, we will explore ways that "nature writing" and "environmental literature" have played a crucial role in the development of these ideas. Two essays, final exam.
SINV

Environmental Studies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ENST-111
Fall 2018
Thoreau and American Nature Writing: Environment, Cultures, and Values
Nichols, B Ashton
A study of the effects of scientific, religious, and philosophical values on human attitudes toward the environment and how these attitudes may affect our way of life. By focusing on a particular current topic, and by subjecting the basis of our behavior in regard to that topic to careful criticism, alternative models of behavior are considered together with changes in lifestyle and consciousness that these may involve.
SINV
ENST-121
Fall 2018
Introduction to Environmental Science
Van Fleet, Pamela
This introductory environmental science course will explore the integrated, interdisciplinary study of natural environmental systems and human interactions with them. Students will use scientific principles to explore the consequences of human activity. Students will be exposed to basic techniques for investigating environmental topics in lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork. This is an introductory course for non-majors. Students intending to major in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science should enroll in ENST 161.Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course does not count towards the B.A. in Environmental Studies or B.S. in Environmental Science.
SINV
ENST-161
Fall 2018
Environmental Connections
Beevers, Michael
This introductory environmental studies course draws from the influences of the humanities and natural sciences on the social sciences in relation to the environment. The course will examine the ideas, concepts, and debates central to the field. Students will examine the relationship between humans and the environment and become familiar with a range of environmental challenges, with an emphasis on how these challenges have emerged over time and space. The course will investigate and evaluate a variety of strategies that are currently being pursued to address these environmental challenges. The course stresses the importance of “seeing connections”, thinking carefully and critically about environmental issues, and appreciating that complex questions rarely have a single solution. This is an introductory course for those majoring in environmental studies and environmental science. Non-majors should enroll in ENST 121 Introduction to Environmental Science. This course has no laboratory section.
SINV
ENST-218
Fall 2018
Geographic Information Systems
STAFF, ENST
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data and geographically-referenced information. It is used in a wide variety of fields including archaeology, agriculture, business, defense and intelligence, education, government, health care, natural resource management, public safety, transportation, and utility management. This course provides a fundamental foundation of theoretical and applied skills in GIS technology that will enable students to investigate and make reasoned decisions regarding spatial issues. Utilizing GIS software applications from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), students work on a progression of tasks and assignments focused on GIS data collection, manipulation, analysis, output and presentation. The course will culminate in a final, independent project in which the students design and prepare a GIS analysis application of their own choosing. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ERSC 218 and ARCH 218.
SINV
ENST-310
Fall 2018
Agroecology
Douglas, Margaret
How can agricultural systems be designed to nourish a growing human population while sustaining the natural resources upon which agriculture ultimately depends? In this course, students will learn how to use ecological principles as a lens to understand the food system from farm to fork and back again. Topics will include crop genetic resources, soil and pest management, the role of animals in agriculture, and energy in the food system. Class meetings will incorporate significant student participation including presentation and discussion of primary scientific literature. Laboratory meetings will orient students to agroecosystems in the region and provide opportunities for hands-on learning and investigation.
SINV
ENST-310
Fall 2018
Environmental Health
Arashiro, Maiko
This course will focus on the impact of the natural environment on human health. Major environmental health issues that we may discuss include air pollution and water pollution, pesticides and other industrial chemicals, climate change, and overuse of natural resources. This course includes a laboratory section which will focus on measurements of environmental toxicants and applications to risk assessment.
SINV
ENST-330
Fall 2018
Environmental Policy
STAFF, ENST
This course examines the effect of environmental policies on environmental quality, human health and/or the use of natural resources at local, national and international levels. It considers the ways scientific knowledge, economic incentives and social values merge to determine how environmental problems and solutions are defined, how risks are assessed and how and why decisions are made. The course examines a range of tools, processes and patterns inherent in public policy responses and covers issues ranging from air and water pollution and toxic and solid waste management to energy use, climate change and biodiversity protection. A combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips will be used. Prerequisite: 131 and 132 or 130, or permission of instructor.
SINV
ENST-370
Fall 2018
Environment and Society
STAFF, ENST
Society defines how collections of humans are organized around shared bonds including cultures, contexts, or identities. Margaret Mead famously warned, “we won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Drawing from social science methods, this class highlights how societies are intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. Students will examine how collections of humans experience, use, and change the environment. The class will discuss the social construction and production of the environment, understand structures of power, and learn about social change at the local and national scales.
SINV
ENST-406
Fall 2018
Seminar in Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies
Arashiro, Maiko
Pedersen, Brian
A keystone seminar designed to integrate and apply students' past coursework, internships, and other educational experiences, and to provide a basis for future professional and academic endeavors. The course format varies depending on faculty and student interests, and scholarly concerns in the field. Course components may include developing written and oral presentations, reading and discussing primary literature, and defining and performing individual or group research. Students in this course will be particularly responsible for acquiring and disseminating knowledge. This course is not equivalent to an independent study or independent research course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Normally offered in Spring semester.
SCON

Earth Sciences

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ERSC-141
Fall 2018
Earth's Hazards
Hayes, Jorden
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-202
Fall 2018
Energy Resources
Key, Marcus
The study of the origin, geologic occurrence, and distribution of petroleum, natural gas, coal, and uranium. Discussions include the evaluation and exploitation, economics, law, and the environmental impact of these resources and their alternatives, including geothermal, wind, solar, tidal, and ocean thermal power. Prerequisites: Any DIV III lab science (not MATH). Offered every other year.
SCON
ERSC-218
Fall 2018
Geographic Information Systems
STAFF, ENST
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data and geographically-referenced information. It is used in a wide variety of fields including archaeology, agriculture, business, defense and intelligence, education, government, health care, natural resource management, public safety, transportation, and utility management. This course provides a fundamental foundation of theoretical and applied skills in GIS technology that will enable students to investigate and make reasoned decisions regarding spatial issues. Utilizing GIS software applications from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), students work on a progression of tasks and assignments focused on GIS data collection, manipulation, analysis, output and presentation. The course will culminate in a final, independent project in which the students design and prepare a GIS analysis application of their own choosing. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 218 and ARCH 218.
SINV

Food Studies

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
FDST-201
Fall 2018
Introduction to Food Studies
Pawley, Emily
This course introduces students to Food Studies, an interdisciplinary field that examines food through biological, cultural, ecological, economic, and other perspectives. We will treat questions of hunger, food production/procurement, inequality, ecology, food labor, health, including psychology, and the diversity of ethical, cultural, and spiritual meanings regarding food. The course will include opportunities for students to engage in active observation, experimentation, and hands-on learning through community partnerships and the College Farm. Students will encounter reading/viewing assignments from a wide range of disciplines. This course will also be open to students who do not intend to complete the Food Studies certificate but would simply like an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of food.
SINV

History

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
HIST-131
Fall 2018
Modern Latin American History since 1800
Borges, Marcelo
Introduction to Latin American history since independence and the consolidation of national states to the recent past. Students explore social, economic, and political developments from a regional perspective as well as specific national examples. This course is cross-listed as LALC 231.
SCON

Intl Business & Management

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
INBM-100
Fall 2018
Fundamentals of Business
Riccio, Steven
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

Italian

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
ITAL-201
Fall 2018
Intermediate Italian
Lanzilotta, Luca
Lucchi, Nicola
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-231
Fall 2018
Modern Latin American History since 1800
Borges, Marcelo
Introduction to Latin American history since independence and the consolidation of national states to the recent past. Students explore social, economic, and political developments from a regional perspective as well as specific national examples. This course is cross-listed as HIST 131.
SCON

Political Science

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
POSC-233
Fall 2018
Gender, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.
Marchetti, Kathleen
Overview of gender and politics in the United States. Examines the roles women play in the U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. The course also discusses gender-based differences in political participation inside and outside of government.This course is cross-listed as WGSS 202. Prerequisite: 120 or AP credit equivalent.
SCON

Religion

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
RELG-110
Fall 2018
Religion and Modern Culture
STAFF, RELG
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-311
Fall 2018
Buddhism and the Environment
Cozort, Daniel
Although protection of the environment is not a Buddhist goal per se, it is involved in the quest for enlightenment. The course will apply the Buddhist perspective to questions about the relations between humans and the rest of nature, to specific environmental problems, to the tradeoffs between human good and protection of other species, and to consumption and consumerism. Prerequisites: 122 or ENST 111, or permission of instructor. Offered every two years
SCON

Soc Innovation/Entrepreneurshp

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SINE-400
Fall 2018
Senior Seminar in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Takacs, C Helen
This capstone course builds on and integrates the key concepts of the introductory course in this certificate program by requiring students to reflect on, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained through their academic programs and experiential learning experiences. The focus will be on creating shared value, which simultaneously enriches social, ecological, and economic systems. Through exercises in strategy formulation and implementation, students will gain an appreciation for the challenges and rewards associated with conceiving and transforming innovative solutions into new products, services, and/or initiatives that change our world in meaningful ways. In imagining these pathways for success, we will also address the importance of compassionate leadership, tools that nurture vital social connections, and the power of our own agency.offered every fall.
SINV

Sociology

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SOCI-238
Fall 2018
Consumer Culture
Schubert, J Daniel
The sociology of consumerism is a major specialty in European sociology, and is only recently receiving attention by American sociologists. In this class, we will examine the increasing importance of consumerism in daily life and the degree to which culture has become commercialized. We will discuss the sign value of commodities, as well as the shift from a stratification system based on the relationship of the means of production to one based on styles and patterns of consumption. We will also concern ourselves with the relationships between consumption and more traditional sociological concerns such as gender, race, and social class.Offered every two years.
SCON

Spanish

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SPAN-239
Fall 2018
Spanish for the Health Professions
Arnedo-Aldrich, Asuncion
This is a specialized course emphasizing Spanish language and culture as they relate to health and medicine. The course goal is written and oral communication and cultural fluency as they relate to Global Health Care, Food Security, Immigration, and the delivery of health-care services to Limited-English-Proficient, Hispanic patients. Off-campus volunteer work with native Spanish speakers is required. Prerequisite: 202 or above, or permission of instructor.
SCON

Sustainability

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
SUST-301
Fall 2018
Practicum in Sustainability
Leary, Cornelius
Many communities are embracing sustainability as a goal of community development, giving weight to social equity, economic security and ecological integrity as they work to build the capacity of their residents to improve the quality of their lives. In this practicum course we will explore different visions for and characteristics of sustainable and resilient communities, examine approaches to sustainable community development and learn about Carlisle as a case study. Student learning will be reinforced through a semester-long community-based team research project that brings students, instructor and community partners together to address a community development issue of concern to members of the Carlisle community.
SINV

Women's, Gender & Sexuality St

Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
WGSS-202
Fall 2018
Reproductive Justice
Oliviero, Kathryn
How can the “choice” in “prochoice” become real for women with a range of abilities, ethnicities, economic backgrounds or gender and sexual identifications? What does it look like to not only provide affordable access to birth control and abortion, but to also create the political conditions that enable people to choose to have children in an environment where both will thrive, rather than just survive? Creating these political conditions requires reproductive justice: a global social movement strategy and human rights platform that places reproductive power in the context of the larger social, racial and economic well-being of women, communities and families (Ross 2011). This course explores the origins and applications of reproductive justice. It investigates how the reproductive lives of many people, particularly women of color, are embedded in embattled legal, social, economic, racial and national frameworks that shape their capacity to control their intimate and procreative lives. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course first maps reproductive justice’s origins, exploring: political philosophies of sexual and reproductive liberty; racialized and disability-based histories of eugenics, population control, and adoption; the black women’s health movement; birth control and abortion law; social welfare and healthcare politics; the reproductive politics of incarceration and state violence; disability and prenatal testing; and the transnational and LGBTQ applications of assisted reproductive technologies. The course will subsequently explore how reproductive justice platforms can enable diverse people to thrive: making the decision to prevent, terminate or have a pregnancy a real choice. It will assess the conditions that enable access to quality health care, economic security, racial justice, women’s equality, transgender and queer rights, environmental sustainability, disability justice, sexual autonomy, and community vitality.
SCON
WGSS-301
Fall 2018
Immigration Politics: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Contemporary Migration
Oliviero, Kathryn
Why do global controversies over immigration so often center on migrant women’s fertility and their children’s access to government benefits? Why do some countries accept LGBT migrants but deny them the right to adopt, use assisted reproductive technologies, or extend citizenship to their children? How are efforts to limit marriage-and-family based migration racialized and classed? What are the gendered implications when nurses are a country’s central export? Could building a border wall or sending refugees back stop unwanted immigration? This course examines how intersecting gender, sexual and ethnic hierarchies shape and are shaped by immigration. Applying insights from feminist and queer theories of migration, students will explore how the gendered processes surrounding immigration craft concepts of nation, borders and citizenship. Readings and films examine how sexual and racial norms are renegotiated through the selection and regulation of immigrants. Central to our investigation is how transnational and economic forces compel migration, reshaping understandings of national belonging, workplaces, and family in the process. We will particularly consider how migrants negotiate multiple marginalizations, and in turn refashion understandings of community, identities, culture, and politics. An interdisciplinary framework combines media, law, activist, film, literary and historical accounts.
SCON