Environment and Society: The Geography of Environmental Challenges
This course explores the spatial dimensions of contemporary global environmental change and the complex relations between the environment and society in the 21st century. Throughout the semester, students will investigate and learn about a broad range of contemporary environmental challenges such as the water crisis, food security, biodiversity loss, land use change, climate change, indigenous land rights, and resource extraction. Students will learn to approach these challenges through a variety of theories and distinctive lenses, including political economy, hazards’ geography, political ecology, and environmental justice. In doing so, students will learn to identify and evaluate theories about the causes of environmental problems and also work to propose potential solutions for resolving such problems on a variety of scales.