EV260 - Topics in Environmental Social Sciences

Selected topics in the environmental social sciences that are not offered as part of the regular course listings.

1 unit — Hautzinger, Schwartz

Previously Featured Offering

An introduction to the legal and policy issues related to food, agriculture, and the environment in the United States; students will take a field trip to the San Luis Valley of Colorado, where they will engage with farmers, government representatives, policy advocates, and other agricultural stakeholders in the area.
Photo by Finn O’Connor '19
Photo by Finn O’Connor '19
State of the Rockies: Conserving Local Landscapes asks CC students to momentarily refocus their attention from the global to the local, and to take a closer look at environmental struggles being waged closer to their new home in Colorado Springs.
Photo of a mountain with low hanging clouds
Image and banner image by Abigail Censky '18.
The relations between human beings and the non-human world have never seemed so urgent or troubled as they do today. Concerns over climate change, ocean acidification, disappearing grasslands and forests, soil depletion, dwindling water resources, and environmental catastrophe fill the pages of our newspapers and flash across facebook, twitter, instagram, and other mass media. On a global scale, such problems can seem so large and so vexing that they appear literally unsolvable - where individuals, communities, or governments can’t marshal the resources to adequately address the challenges posed. Yet, in shifting our attention from a bigger picture to a smaller one, local efforts to protect our natural environment can offer lessons that are portable and pragmatic, even empowering. This special half-block course asks CC students to momentarily refocus their attention from the global to the local, and to take a closer look at environmental struggles being waged closer to their new home in Colorado Springs. Run in conjunction with the State of the Rockies Program this course will take students out of the classroom and put them into the field, on the front lines of environmental conservation efforts here on the southern end of Colorado’s Front Range. By studying the history of land use in Colorado, talking with conservation experts, and visiting the places they are working to conserve, this course will examine how we arrived at our environmental present through a series of human choices, made within the constraints imposed by the non-human world around us. From its towering mountains to its vast prairies, Colorado Springs draws countless people eager to appreciate its great natural spaces. Yet managing those resources has been more difficult than it may seem. We invite students to join us in learning about the nearby natural landscapes, challenges faced in their management and protection, and where we might go in shaping a more effective conservation future.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2023 Block 3 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Anthropocene Sarah Hautzinger Barnes Science Center 407 25 / 1 03/02/2024
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Race, Racism, and the Great Outdoors Topic Details Drew Cavin Loomis Hall LowerClass 25 / 12 03/02/2024
Spring 2024 Block 6 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Sustainable Development & Agriculture in Antiquity Topic Details Paul Salay Armstrong Hall 230 25 / 8 03/02/2024
Spring 2024 Block 7 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Energy Worlds: From Fossil Fuels to Renewables Topic Details Steven Schwartz Barnes Science Center 407 25 / 0 03/02/2024
Spring 2024 Block 8 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Water Economics Topic Details Erin Sumner TBA 25 / 0 03/02/2024
Fall 2024 Block 1 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences TBA 25 / 25 03/02/2024
Fall 2024 Block 3 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Anthropocene Sarah Hautzinger TBA 25 / 25 03/02/2024
Spring 2025 Block 5 Topics in Anthropology: Energy Worlds: From Fossil Fuels to Renewables Steven Schwartz TBA 25 / 25 03/02/2024
Spring 2025 Block 5 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences: Race, Racism, and the Great Outdoors Topic Details TBA 25 / 25 03/02/2024
Spring 2025 Block 6 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences TBA 25 / 25 03/02/2024
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