ENVST170 Environmental Ethics (3 units)
This course considers the role ethics and philosophy play in how wo/man relates to her and his human and natural environment. The central themes of the course are the relationship between human centered and nature centered views of the universe and wo/man’s responsibility for the care of the universe. Philosophies considered include but are not limited to Anthropocentrism, Confucianism,Taoism, Aristotelianism, Humanism,Transcendentalism, American Indian, EcoFeminism and Deep Ecology.
Same as: PHIL170.
ENVST 215 Music and Ecology: Studies in Interconnection (3 units)
This course will examine embedded views of the relationship between humans and their environments in the context and function of music in different times and cultures. Music is both commonly a means of the most profound communication between humans and nature, and embodies cultural understanding and expression of the relationship, humans place in nature.
Readings will include examination of music cultures, the expressed views and philosophies of the people in those music cultures, and studies of the ecological systems and ecological impacts of human actions where those people live.
Same as: MUSICHST215.
ENVST 230 Thinking Through Nature (3 units)
From Heraclitus on, the concept of nature has proven to be unique in its ability to expand imagination, stimulate thought, and articulate disagreement.This class will place major texts in the traditions of natural philosophy, pastoral, and cultural critique alongside contemporary interventions, including arguments for the ecology without nature. Our goal is to rethink nature in response to the technological mastery of all life made possible by the advancement of science. The texts to be studied include Aristotle, Pliny the Elder, Lucretius,Virgil, Rousseau, Diderot,Thoreau, Darwin, Dennett and Will Self.
Same as: LIT 230.
ENVST 360 Environmental Economics (3 units)
This upper division course combines theory and policy surveys to study environmental issues from an economist’s perspective. Major topics include theoretical and applied modeling of the economy-environment relationship, causes and consequences of market failure affecting environmental services, the design and evaluation of environmental policy instruments, and the political economy of environmental policy.
Students will learn to identify the economic components of an environmental issue, analyze the impacts of human economic activity on the environment, and present and discuss the pros and cons of various environmental policies.
Prerequisite: ECON 100 or INTS 100. Same as: ECON 360.