Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
LEGAL 497N - Environmental Justice: This course provides an exploration of the environmental justice (EJ) movement. Central to our study is an examination of environmental degradation, inequality in exposure to pollution in relationship to racism and poverty, and globalization's effect on international environmental injustices. We critically analyze the role of grassroots activism, the law, and alternative dispute resolution methods used to redress environmental injustices. Coursework relies on relevant interdisciplinary scholarship, case studies, and engaged in-class simulations.
POLISCI 253H - Int’l Environmental Policy & Politics: Focus on the social, political, and economic factors causing environmental threats and by which efforts have been taken to manage or ameliorate such threats. Introduction to the major actors involved in international environmental politics and the major patterns by which problems are approached internationally.
RESECON 262 - Environmental Economics: Economic analysis of environmental problems, focusing on air, water and land pollution. Emphasis is on analyzing individual incentives that lead to pollution, the valuation of environmental quality amenities, and the design and evaluation of regulations that seek to improve environmental quality. Includes the economic analysis of global climate change.
COMM 494Cl - Communication, Ecology & Sustainability: As forms of communication contribute to the growing integration of the planet, the planet itself is threatened by unprecedented environmental and economic crises. This course will examine ecology and sustainability through the mediating logic of communication technologies, institutions and texts, as well as insights drawn from fields like Anthropology, Geography, Biology, Physics, and Spirituality.
STPEC 291 CE - Capitalism & the Environment: Explore the ecological crisis through the lens of both social/environmental theory and political economy. Address the capitalist system and its relationship to the environment, noting the limits of growth and any future possibilities of environmental sustainability. Investigate the origins of capitalist development. Understand the expansive nature of capital; how this global economic system interacts with the environment; do humans have any ethical obligations to the natural world; can we put a monetary price on clean air, forests, the ozone layer, or the extinction of certain species; the market's response to the crisis; how cities are responding to the ecological crisis; critiques of the current system and alternatives.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Analytical thinking
- Persuasive writing & speaking
- Creative problem solving