F&ES 764a / 2017-2018

The North American West as an Environmental, Cultural, and Political Case Study

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: Th, 8:30-11:20, 380 Edwards
 

 
The social and environmental context of the North American West provides fertile ground to examine important issues pertaining to culture, politics, environmental justice, social movements, and institutional structures. This course equips students to think critically and imaginatively about the social aspects of natural landscapes and the communities who inhabit them. This is not a history course, but it does examine stability and change across time. The course draws on empirical cases dealing with a range of interrelated issues, including economic change, environmental values, energy and water conflicts, native experiences, religion, American mythologies, gender, race, and the culture of individualism. Engaging with important theories, debates, and scholarly work around these exciting cultural and political issues is the primary goal of this course.Because of the importance of engaging these issues on the ground in real-life situations, the course includes a short (and optional) field trip during the October break.