Through readings, student-led research, weekly lab exercises, films, and class discussions, we will study consumerism both locally and globally as it impacts the environment. Looking at recent research, websites, and our own personal habits, we will evaluate social, environmental, and psychological habits of consumerism and materialist values. We will test some tools for analysis of consumption, consider ethical guidelines for personal and institutional choices, and review initiatives for how to move to a less consumptive society.
Social Science (SS)
ENVS 001 or ENVS 002 or NR 001 or NR 002 or CDAE 002; sophomore standing