Asian Studies (2)
ASIAN 215: Asian Conversations II
Students pursue guided fieldwork experience in the country whose language they study, either Japan or China. Activities and readings in this course build on the topics from Asian Studies 210 and three semesters of language study. Students continue to explore their understanding of Asia through ethnographic observation, interviews, and site visits. Students develop projects and follow a process of inquiry that will help them understand how ordinary people construct “Asian” culture and society today. They will discuss environmental issues in the United States and the ways in which they compare to those in China and Japan and other parts of Asia.Prerequisite: Asian Studies 210.
Students investigate community-based approaches to environmental sustainability during this Interim course taught at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in northern Japan. Students explore how ARI builds on local Japanese resources to support its mission of training rural leaders from developing countries in organic agricultural practices. Activities include field trips, discussions, and symposia with Japanese students, as well as hands-on participation in the daily food life at ARI.
Water is a beautifully simple molecule that is essential to survival (precious). Rivers have run dry, aquifers are overdrawn, and pollution is widespread (precarious). Much of the world lacks access to safe drinking water or water for basic sanitation, and water wars have been predicted (problematic). Students examine water from a scientific perspective – chemical, physiological, ecological – and delve into the political, economic, and societal implications of water.
CHEM 124: A Matter of the Environment with Lab
Students study contemporary questions concerning the environment from the fundamental properties of matter to human impact on natural processes, including damage to and protection of the environment. Students discover how chemistry intersects with everyday living, especially the abilities and limitations of science to address environmental issues. Laboratory work explores the characteristics and analysis of hazardous and beneficial materials.
Environmental Studies (2)
Mark Allister In this course students study food and the local foods movement from soil to plate. Study takes place in and out of the classroom: students read the agricultural bill and Michael Pollan; watch documentaries about our national food issues and visit local farms; work with and on local farms to see how they do their business; and, as often as possible, cook and eat. Fine chefs welcome. Those who aren’t will get some cooking lessons.
PSYCH 227 Environmental Psychology at Rocky Mountain National Park
This course investigates the human relationship with the natural world, examining ways in which the natural environment is important psychologically to human beings. Integrating aspects of theoretical and empirical psychology, environmental studies and literature, we explore meanings, values, and questions such as: How are we affected by nature? What affects people’s attitudes and behaviors toward the environment? How do we respond to environmental challenges? How does the field of psychology address the natural world?
OFFC 162 Ecuador: HECUA
Valuing nature raises significant philosophical and ethical issues. This course considers the nature of animal life, the character and control of pollution, the conflict between preservationism and conservationism, corporate and governmental responsibility for the eco-crisis, the use of economic categories to assess wilderness areas and endangered species, the conflict between eco-holism and individualism, and the philosophy of wilderness management.
REL 230: Christian Theology of Creation
Christians affirm that God created the world in and through Christ and continues to sustain it by the Holy Spirit. This course attends to the themes of creation and new creation in relation to Biblical texts, to problems posed by science (including evolution and Creationism), and the theological reflections of the created world as fallen and redeemed. Major attention is paid to classic and modern theological discussions of creation and new creation. The particular focus will be consumerism and its problematic dimensions when it comes to community,creation and human agency.Prerequisite: BTS-B.