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CLAS 195 – SU: Sust: Cultural Hist

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Section Description: This newly online course traces the trajectory of modern notions of ecological and socio-economic sustainability back through time. Modern proponents of sustainability tend to present their ideas and prescriptions as new and innovative and argue that sustainable living is a defining concern of our time. Sustainable living is indeed an urgent, pressing issue for today’s world, but students in this course will learn that many of the fundamental tenets of the modern sustainability movement are also hallmarks of ancient Greek culture and thought. Through selected readings spanning over two thousand years, students will see old ideas and precepts cropping up again and again over the course of history, up to and including the present day. The instructor, a professor of Classics, is also a sustainable farmer so the course is informed by those experiences. (Usher and his wife built their farm from scratch as an experiment in sustainable living and raise sheep, tend a large garden, and manage a maple sugarbush. For more information see

CRN: 61922

Section: OL1

Enrolled/Seats: 4/25

Days Time Location

Instructor(s): Mark David Usher

Meeting Dates: 19 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017