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Classics: SU: Sust: Cultural Hist

CLAS 195 OL1 (CRN: 61922)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: ENVS 195 OL2

About CLAS 195 OL1

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Dates: June 19 - July 14, 2017; Cross listed w/ENVS 195 OL2

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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

Section Expectation

Class sessions will be fully participatory and online-discussion-based, moderated by the professor. There will be daily short-answer/ID quizzes based on the assigned readings (this also forms part of students’ participation grade); 2 two- to three-page “response” papers to the readings (I will explain) and 2 short assignments; 1 final exam (ID and short-answer).


Quizzes: 30%; response papers and assignments: 40%; final: 30%




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