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Topics in Environmental Science

Selected topics of current societal interest that relate to our environment offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of natural science credit, a few of which may meet the lab or field requirement. Only one such unit may be counted toward the natural science requirements. (Not offered 2021-22).

.5 to 2 units

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Get introduced to a multidisciplinary inquiry by thinking, speaking, and writing about food systems in Italy and the United States. Studying food represents a uniquely interdisciplinary way to learn about Italian and American history, politics, and ecology.
Photo from CC Professor Tyler A. Cornelius
Photo from CC Professor Tyler A. Cornelius
This FYE introduces students to multidisciplinary inquiry by thinking, speaking, and writing about food systems in Italy and the United States. In the language component of this course students will be introduced to written and spoken Italian through a variety of activities. Our goal will be to develop a basic oral/aural and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately. All language training will be developed in an authentic context - exposing students to various aspects of contemporary Italian life and food culture with native speakers. Food culture will be a fun (and tasty) way to learn about the Italian language. Studying food also represents a uniquely interdisciplinary way to learn about Italian and American history, politics, and ecology. Our analytical approach will be both historical and contemporary with a focus on present-day issues relating to social justice and sustainability. We will begin by tracing the evolution of agriculture in both the United States and Italy and end with the health problems related to diet that plague both nations today. Thus, this class will engage a broad range of materials, including history, documentary film, photography, advertisement, government legislation/regulation, architecture, and… food itself. Questa classe sarà ... interessante e deliziosa!
How have climate change, globalization, and economic/political forces affected the Annapurna and Mustang regions of Nepal?
Photo of Annapurna
This interdisciplinary course will travel (by van, airplane, and mostly foot) through four administrative districts, learning about and staying with people of no fewer than seven distinct ethnic groups. Issues of cultural change and environmental instability as a result of climate change, globalization, and economic and political forces will be examined. As part of this, the roles and impacts of rural development efforts, demographic shifts, road construction, biodiversity conservation, agriculture-wildlife conflicts, and climatological events will be explored, as well as changing patterns of agriculture, trade, mineral extraction, multi-lateral and bi-lateral foreign aid (incl. NGOs and INGOs), education, health care delivery, and local income generation and alternate energy projects. Throughout the course, we will work on developing an understanding of the natural environment –climate, and biota – and how that environment is changing in response to both natural and human drivers.

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Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Summer 2022 Block A Topics in Environmental Science: Himalayan Odyssey: Environment, Culture, and Change in the M Topic Details Miro Kummel TBA 25 / 25 12/01/2021
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