2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 31, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 101 - Environmental Science and Policy: Introductory Case Studies


This course will ignite your interest in environmental science and policy by engaging the urgent challenges of our times: 1) conserving forests, 2) protecting water quality, 3) sustaining food systems, and 4) mitigating and adapting to climate change. We will ground our understanding of these issues through case studies of New England, the Standing Rock Nation, and Ethiopia. The course integrates biophysical and social sciences with Indigenous and other place-based knowledge systems. Throughout the semester, we read classic and cutting-edge research papers, listen to podcasts, and watch short films. We engage a wide range of perspectives through open discussions, small group activities, and student presentations. While deepening our understanding of complex environmental problems, we focus on solutions. Students learn to write policy briefs that summarize scientific knowledge and evaluate alternative policy options.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Annual -Fall