Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS 183 Environmental Impacts of Consumerism

Through readings, student-led research, and weekly “lab” exercises, we will study the face of consumerism both personally and in the context of globalization. Looking at ads, catalogues, websites, and other popular manifestations, we will evaluate social, psychological, and environmental impacts of brand-name thinking and material values. Other topics include: industrial ecology: how things are made, export of First World consumer values to Third World cultures, links between consumerism and other addictions, shopaholism, “green” products, voluntary simplicity and other resistance movements.

Instructor(s):

Instructor(s):

Credits: 

3

Category: 

Spring

Breadth Requirement: 

Social Science (SS)

Enrollment Limit: 

25