As environmental problems escalate, a variety of radical currents have come to influence ecological thought and activism, representing a critical alternative to traditional environmentalism. This course will describe the historical emergence of radical environmentalisms, examine various ecologically-based philosophies, and explore case studies of environmental resistance movements in the US and around the world. Readings, class discussions, and guest presenters will include a wide range of perspectives—scholarly and popular, analytical and prescriptive, political and philosophical. Students will have the opportunity to examine today's pressing environmental issues through the lens of emerging movements and philosophical traditions, and develop a hands-on group project that serves to apply this knowledge to a local or regional environmental campaign.
ENVS 001, ENVS 002, sophomore standing