ENVS 002 International Environmental Studies
11861 / 4 Credits / Saleem Ali / TR, 11:00-12:15 / TBA
This course reviews a range of environmental issues and popular and institutional politics around them in our world today. We investigate the ways in which the environment is perceived by people, how it is degraded, how such degradation affects people’s lives, how people organize into environmental movements, and the effect such movements have. We explore rural ecology, links between race and environment, the preservation of the countryside, fisheries, forests, dams, saving tigers, people hugging trees, green parties, opposition to nuclear power, fried chicken, and much besides. Around the world in one semester! Prerequisites: Students must register for a lab section; see newspaper for details.
ENVS 095 / Elementary Spanish for Community-Based Development Projects
12853 / 3 Credits / Jeanne Fossani / TR, 6:00 - 7:30 / TBA /CONTINUING EDUCATION
Are you interested in Latin American issues with a social and environmental focus? And are you looking for an elementary Spanish course to prepare you for a study abroad program, faculty-led course, internship or other type of delegation in Latin America? Or for a career related to sustainable community development concerns there? Would you like to hit the ground running with your Spanish communication skills when you arrive? Then this could be the course for you. The primary goal of this course is to provide a tool for sustainable development oriented professionals to develop basic Spanish interpersonal communication skills with a focus on the jargon relative to their academic and future work realities. The emphasis is on Spanish vocabulary relating to sustainable agriculture, women's involvement, economic development, environmental topics, ecotourism, human rights, and wildlife conservation. Selected short readings will give you cultural insight into the challenges Latin-Americans face in their daily reality. Conversation is the main focus; role playing, oral presentations, interactive games and other activities geared to generate lively oral participation will be used. This course does not serve in fulfillment of the A&S language requirement and does not form part of the language requirement sequence. Prerequisites: SPAN 001 or instructor permission. Enrollment limit: 20.
ENVS 096 Introduction to Environmental History
11768 / 3 Credits / Frank Zelko / MWF, 9:05-9:55 / TBA
Cross listed w/HST 096B. In addition to introducing students to the basic principles and concepts of environmental history, this course will explore the influence of nature—climate, topography, plants, animals, and microorganisms—on human history and the way people, in turn, have influenced the natural world around them. The course will be global in scope and will examine how humans have interacted with their environment from the dawn of civilization to modern times. In particular, it will focus on how some of the world’s major civilizations changed their environment, how the environment limited their development, and how they coped—or failed to cope—with the environmental problems that civilizations inevitably produce.
ENVS 151 Intermediate Environmental Studies
11770 / 3 Credits / Stephanie Kaza / TR, 12:30-1:45/ TBA
Through the development of networking and other research skills each student in this course compiles diverse background knowledge about areas of personal environmental interest. From this knowledge are developed personal academic and activity plans. Presentations by class members and guests provide interdisciplinary context through current issues, organized advocacy, and personal and professional opportunities. FOR ENVS MAJORS ONLY. Prerequisite: ENVS 1, 2; ENVS major; soph. or jr. stdg.
ENVS 173 Landscape Natural History
11771 / 3 Credits / Ian Worley / R, 12:20-4:45 / TBA
This field-based course will explore the nature of Vermont’s landscapes from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through a series of field trips, projects, and lectures, students will gain an understanding of why the surrounding landscape looks the way it does. We’ll investigate a variety of landscapes from the bedrock up through the wildlife habitat, and learn to identify and understand the natural history of various components. In addition to exploring the emerging disciplines of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and ecosystem management, we will also examine landscapes from artistic and historical perspectives. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or Intro. Natural Science, ENVS major, sophomore stdg. Enrollment Limit: 9
ENVS 174 Natural Areas Conservation & Stewardship
10061 / 3 Credits / Richard Paradis / WINTER BREAK COURSE / January 2-12, 2007 / Meets M, T, W, R, F, 9:00 - 1:30 / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Natural areas serve many functions from maintaining regional biological diversity to providing important open space for contemplative and recreational activities. Protecting and managing these areas in fragmented and human-influenced landscapes is an increasingly formidable challenge. This course examines the land protection and stewardship activities of conservation organizations, land trusts, and public natural resource agencies along with the principles of conservation biology and landscape ecology in an effort to better understand the important issues, approaches, and concerns in conserving and managing natural areas in natural and working landscapes. A premise of this course is that sound ecological thinking and information should fuel decision-making in land protection and management. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission (656-4055). Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 179 Ecofeminism
12895 / 3 Credits / Tatiana Abatemarco / M, 4:00-7:00 pm / Lafayette L107 / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This class is an introduction to the developing field of ecofeminism, which is both an academic subfield of philosophy and environmental ethics and a type of activism. We will read some of the most influential writers in the field -- theorists, historians, activists, and spiritual revisionists -- and consider the implications of their ideas for environmental thought and analysis. We will also undertake hands-on action projects reflecting ecofeminist principles. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or 2 or permission. Tatiana.Abatemarco@uvm.edu. Enrollment Limit: 20
ENVS 180 Radical Environmentalism
10219 / 3 Credits / Brian Tokar / R, 4:00-7:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
As environmental problems have escalated in recent decades, new radical currents have greatly influenced ecological thought and activism. This course will describe the historical emergence of radical environmentalisms, examine various ecologically-based philosophies, and explore case studies of environmental resistance movements around the world. Readings, class discussions, and multimedia materials will include a broad range of perspectives—scholarly and popular, analytical and prescriptive, political and philosophical—and students will have the opportunity to examine today's pressing issues and campaigns through the lens of emerging movements and theoretical traditions. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission. Enrollment Limit: 20.
ENVS 182 Religion and Ecology
11772 / 3 Credits / Stephanie Kaza / TR, 9:30-10:45 / TBA
An exploration of the new and evolving field of ecological spirituality. We will read and discuss current works addressing the role of religion and religious beliefs as they apply to the environmental situation. Primary emphasis is on the greening of major world traditions: western traditions of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and eastern traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Also some discussion of wiccan and indigenous peoples’ spiritual relationship with the earth, and religiously-based environmental activism. Includes reflection on one’s own personal and ecospirituality and ethical practices. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; ENVS 1 or 2 or NR 2.
ENVS 191 Environmental Practicum
11773/ 1-6 Credits / Ian Worley / TBA
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Permission by application.
ENVS 195 Media Literacy & the Environment
10156 / 3 Credits / Suzanne DeBrosse / T 4:00-7:00 / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
A healthy democracy and a healthy planet depend on an informed and aware citizenry that understands the complex role of the mass media. This course will explore the fundamentals of media literacy as they relate to the environment and environmental issues, including advertising, public relations, consumerism, commercialism, media economics (ownership and control), media coverage of environmental and global issues, and media and environmental activism. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission (860-4776). Enrollment Limit: 20.
ENVS 195 Therapeutic Herbalism
10039 / 3 Credits / Barbara Raab / M, 5:00-8:00 / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
For students who have introductory herbalism experience and a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology, this course is the next level of study. Topics included are: the relative safety-toxicity of herbs, determining correct dosages, current issues in botanical medicine, a sampling of pathologies and conditions and their treatment protocols, and phythotherapeutic approaches to health and well-being. Prerequisite: ENVS 095 "Introduction to Herbalism" or permission (482-3500), firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment Limit: 20.
ENVS 195 Transportation and the Environment
12677 / 3 Credits / Richard Watts / T, 6:00-9:00 pm / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
The transportation sector is the leading contributor to air pollution and global warming in New England. In New Orleans it was the failure of transportation systems that was cited as contributing to the human disaster. In this course we look at our transportation systems from an environmental and social perspective. From consuming gasoline in our cars to the role of transportation in suburban sprawl, transportation is a leading contributor to environmental damage today. Yet, everywhere and every day citizens and policy makers are taking steps to reduce the environmental impacts of transportation systems. In this course we look at the problems and the solutions. And we extend students' knowledge of energy and transportation issues by engaging students in these issues both at the University level and at the state level. In addition, students in this course will learn about organizing, policy development and advocacy and other basic citizenship skills. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission. Enrollment Limit: 30.
ENVS 195 Challenges & Issues in African Nature Conservation & Sustainable Development
12782 / 2 Credits / Jan Decher / M,T,W,R,F, 9:00 am-12:00 pm , Jan. 3-Jan. 12, 2007 / MLSci, Rm 105 / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This is a new interdisciplinary course that exposes students from various backgrounds to the issues surrounding nature conservation in developing countries in Africa. Both more biocentric and more anthropocentric approaches and their advantages an disadvantages in the African cultural context will be examined, and we will spend much time discussing what it means to protect nature for people who face constant economic and educational constraints or outright poverty. Prerequisites: None. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 195 Practical Field Ecology
10173 / 3 Credits / Heather Fitzgerald / T, 3:00-6:00 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
In this course we will learn how ecologists look at forests, fields, and other elements of the Vermont landscape and practice doing this outdoors. In the field we will be asking such questions as "Why does this place look the way it does?" and learning how to fit our questions into a scientifically useful format. In the classroom, by considering how
ecologists look at succession, energy flow, and natural communities, we will also talk about how ecology relates to environmental problem-solving. Prerequisite: ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission (656-4055). Enrollment Limit: 12.
ENVS 195 Visions of the Landscape: Exploring Vermont Natural History Through Photography
10074 / 3 credits / Dan Wells / W, 2:00-6:00 / TBA / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course is an exploration of the Vermont landscape through the eyes of the naturalist and photographer. Students will use the camera as a tool to discover and interpret the landscape around them. This is a field-based course which combines development of photographic skills and the use of these skills to explore the natural world and our own relationship to it. Assignments will include weekly work based on field trips, a semester-long photographic journal, and a detailed study of a specific place of the student's choosing. Readings will be selected from both the photographic and naturalistic traditions. For more information, contact Dan: email@example.com.
ENVS 195 Environmental Art Lecture Series and Studio Seminar
12715 / 3 Credits / Cami Davis / R, 4:30-8:30 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course explores issues within the broad field of Environmental Art. Held in collaboration with Burlington City Arts this course continues themes raised by the Firehouse Gallery Summer 2006 exhibition Human/Nature. This exhibition explored several emerging areas within the Environmental Art movement, including Ecoventions (restoration and remediation), sense of place, and understanding the human venture within the larger living web of life. Students will be required to attend public lectures at the Firehouse Gallery, classroom lectures, as well as studio work whose content reflects course theme(s). Readings, discussions, lecture response papers and an artist statement essay will further support students understanding of their own studio, temporary site-specific, or performance work within the wider context of the growing Environmental Art movement. Note: Art supplies will be determined and purchased by the student according to project needs. Prerequisites: ENVS 1 or 2 or NR 1 or 2 or permission. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 196 Traditional Ecological Knowledge
11774 / 3 Credits / Kit Anderson / M, 1:25-4:25 / TBA
In traditional societies, knowledge about plants, animals, water, soils and natural phenomena is embedded in practice, story, ritual and belief systems. This course examines general features of traditional ecological knowledge; specific groups and their knowledge systems; how TEK is similar to and different from western science; and how traditional knowledge is being used to address environmental and social issues today. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, ENVS 1 and 2 or NR 1 or ANTH 21 or permission (firstname.lastname@example.org). Enrollment Limit: 15.
ENVS 196 Dirty Business: Corporations & Environment
11776 / 3 Credits / Andrew Jones / TR, 3:30-4:45 / TBA
Examines the impact of corporations on the environment, regulatory and social movement strategies to minimize this impact, and various possibilities for the reform of capitalism or its replacement. Prerequisite: 3 hrs SOC or equivalent with permission; Cross listed with SOC 196. Enrollment Limit for ENVS 196: 5.
ENVS 196 Anthropology and/of Environmental Justice
12728 / 3 Credits / Christopher Roy / R, 6:00-9:00 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
The origins of environmental justice have a specific North American history associated with an analysis of the links between race/socioeconomic marginalization and exposure to pollution, however anthropologists and other scholars have recently expanded this framework to investigate the links between power and environmental crisis around the world. This course will reflect this history: we will consider classic environmental justice concerns in North America, as well as "the environmentalism of the poor" globally. Students will be encouraged to develop an ethnographic approach to problems of environmental justice, and to the environmental justice framework itself.
Prerequisites: None. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 201 Research Methods
11777 / 3 Credits / Kit Anderson / TR, 2:00-3:15 / TBA
This course covers the planning, design, and methods for the ENVS 202 senior thesis or project, required of all ENVS majors. Includes the literature review and proposal writing. Prerequisite: ENVS 151; ENVS major.
ENVS 201 Research Methods
11778 / 3 Credits / Ian Worley / TR, 9:30-10:45 / TBA
This course covers the planning, design, and methods for the ENVS 202 senior thesis or project, required of all ENVS majors. Includes the literature review and proposal writing. Prerequisite: ENVS 151; ENVS major.
ENVS 284 Teaching Assistantship
11833 / 1-2 Credits / Saleem Ali / TBA
Assist instructor in teaching and administration of ENVS 2, International Environmental Studies. Primary responsibilities will include leading two sections of weekly discussion sessions of 12 students each; planning and preparation of instructional materials for discussion sessions; maintenance of student records; and assisting with student grading of course examinations. Teaching assistants are expected to attend all ENVS 2 lectures; lead two weekly discussion sessions (3 hrs. each); attend a weekly morning staff meeting; and have regular office hours for students. Prerequisite: ENVS TA’s only.
ENVS 291 Advanced Environmental Practicum
11835 / 1-12 Credits / Ian Worley / TBA
Prerequisite: ENVS 1, 2; Sr. stdg.; Permission.
ENVS 295 Comparative Mountain Systems Natural History and Conservation
10070 / 3 Credits / Rick Paradis / W, 4:00-5:30 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course studies the natural and cultural history of mountain ecosystems and the conservation and stewardship efforts in two distinct mountain regions of the world: the Green and White Mountains of northern New England and the Scottish Highlands. The course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the relationship between the physical and ecological characteristics of mountain ecosystems and the cultural history and contemporary human communities that have evolved in these locations. Mountains serve many functions and provide assorted services to the communities found within their landscape settings. These include: scenic backdrops and aesthetic icons for place identity, sources for sustainable resources and development, playgrounds for various recreational pursuits, watersheds and weather makers, and habitat for local and regional biological diversity. In addition to classroom time spent discussing readings and other materials, we will undertake two weekend field trips to mountain areas in northern New England and be hosted by local conservation organizations where we will investigate the roles of such organizations along with public agencies and private businesses engaged in land protection, habitat restoration, visitor management, ecotourism and other types of development. Immediately following the end of the semester, we will travel to the Highlands of Scotland for a 12 day excursion visiting and comparing organizations, agencies, and businesses engaged in similar types of conservation and development activities. These assorted field investigations will offer opportunities to compare and contrast mountain landscapes found in different parts of the world that evolved under distinct cultural, political, and economic pressures and systems.
Prerequisite: One ENVS course at the 100 level. Enrollment Limit: 10. Other: field
ENVS 295 Environmental Management Systems
12220 / 3 Credits / Ralph Stewart and Gioia Thompson/ MW, 4:00-5:30 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
Improving an organization's environmental performance requires systems for tracking progress and implementing policy. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as an important method of improving performance. This course explores the process of developing and implementing environmental management systems in different kinds of organizations. Students will explore the benefits and challenges of environmental management systems in a real world setting by conducting case studies of University of Vermont departments with significant environmental implications (such as recycling, energy conservation and hazardous waste management) using the Eco Campus model. The resulting report will be submitted to University officials. Prerequisite: ENVS 100-level course, Jr. or Sr. standing or permission (656-5403). Enrollment Limit: 12.
ENVS 295 Conservation in Rural Landscapes
11839 / 2 credits / Ernesto Mendez / W 10:10-12:05 / TBA
The course reviews current literature on key issues related to environmental conservation in agricultural rural landscapes, both in temperate and tropical regions. Although there is an emphasis on biodiversity, water, air and soil quality concerns may also be addressed. The course requires a commitment to reading the assigned material, and a willingness to lead analyses and discussion. Prerequisite: ENVS or PSS majors; Jr. or Grad. standing; Cross listed w/PSS 296.
ENVS 295 High Tech Trash: e-waste
11841 / 1 credit / Stephanie Kaza / M 2:30-4:25 / TBA
We will read two new books hot-off-the press on electronic waste production, disposal, and justice issues—i.e. what do we do with the millions of computers and cell phones now defunct around the world? The class is one credit and six weeks long; it will be a seminar discussion on "unlearning consumerism" focusing specifically on e-waste. A challenging topic addressed by some new experts. Read all about it to get a handle on this growing consumer issue. Prerequisite: Jr. or Grad. Stg.; meets 1/17-3/7. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 295 Community-Based Forestry at Home and Abroad
11843 / 3 credits / Cecilia Danks / TR 11:00-12:15 / TBA
How do we sustain both complex ecosystems like forests and the human communities that live near and from them? This class will examine approaches to community development based on sustaining forest resources that are occurring in developing countries, the western US, and in Vermont. We will use community-based forestry as a way to explore three issues: a) how do communities, businesses and government work together to manage common pool resources in ways that promote social and ecological well-being, b) how can good ideas and pilot projects be scaled up to change the dominant social-political-economic systems, c) what are some of the social justice and diversity issues in resource management and how do community-based approaches address or exacerbate inequity? The first part of the class will cover social and economic theory relevant to understanding community-based resource management. The second part of the class will apply theory to understanding the practice of community-based resource management through case studies, guest speakers, and field trips. Assignments include weekly reading, mid-term exam, one major project and a variety of minor assignments. As part of the major project, we may revise or construct a website. This class is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Prerequisite: Jr., Sr. or Grad stdg.; Cross lstd. w/FOR 285. Enrollment Limit: 25.
ENVS 295 Environmental History of North America
11844 / 3 credits / Frank Zelko / R 3:30-6:15 / TBA
Cross listed w/HST 296. Enrollment Limit for ENVS 295: 2.
The course will examine the interaction between humans and the environment throughout the history of North America. The focus will be on the United States, but since nature tends to ignore political boundaries, we will also examine Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean from time to time. We will look at how various peoples (Indians, Spanish explorers, British colonists, Africans) experienced their environment throughout the continent's history; how they attempted to change it, how they were limited by it, and how they thought about nature. We will therefore be examining history at several levels:
1. Material and ecological: the physical changes that humans have wrought over the past 10,000 years of North American history.
2. Social and political: the connection between peoples' use of the environment and the way their society develops.
3. Intellectual and ideological: how individuals and societies have understood nature at various points throughout history and how this understanding has shaped their actions.
Prereq: Jr, Sr or Grad stdg; 12 hrs of HST or Perm; Cross lstd w/ENVS 295D
ENVS 295 History on the Land
11846 / 3 Credits / Robert McCullough / TR 5:00-6:15 / TBA
Identifying and interpreting evidence of the cultural forces – early settlement patterns, transportation, agriculture, industry, town planning, park planning, conservation – that have shaped our land, buildings, towns, and cities. The course concludes with an evaluation of conservation ethics and treatments necessary to preserve the built and cultural environments. Prerequisite: HP grad. or mjrs. or Perm.; Cross lstd. w/HST 201 & HP 201. Enrollment Limit: 5.
ENVS 295 Indigenous Sovereignty, Environment and Development Conflicts
10191 / 3 Credits / Saleem Ali / M, 4:00-7:00 pm / TBD / CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course will explore conflict, violence and insecurity surrounding indigenous peoples' sovereignty claims, economic development and environmental concerns. The course will follow a case study approach, examining conflicts related to mining and mineral extraction and to construction of pipelines, roads and dams on land claimed by indigenous peoples. Interconnections and tensions between the capacity of communities to maintain sustainable food and economic systems and livelihoods will be critically analyzed. Students will examine the impact of evolution of legal frameworks leading to the erosion or the strengthening in indigenous rights to natural resources, and the implications for human and ecological security. Finally, the course will explore emerging issues related to indigenous intellectual property claims, particularly in relation to patenting of biological resources. Prerequisite: One 100-level course in ENVS, Jr.-Sr. standing. Enrollment Limit: 20.