Learning Pathways - Environmental Security

Description

This pathway aims to explore multiple ways in which environmental features play a role in security concerns. A key objective for students interested in this pathway is to recognize different ways that security can be conceptualized and operationalized. Although national security is a dominant approach to security, it is also important to understand concerns of human security and security from diverse perspectives based on gender, geography, or other parameters. Security implies both peace and conflict, and is relevant at local, regional, and international spatial scales. Another key objective for students pursuing this pathway is to develop an appreciation of environmental features and resources (e.g., water, food supplies) and how they are measured, assessed, and valued by cultural and political systems.

Faculty

Shannon O’Lear, Geography - Lead Faculty Member, Environmental Security

Alan Arwine, Political Science
Hannah Britton, Political Science; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Nate Brunsell, Geography (Atmospheric Science)
Marike Janzen, Humanities and Western Civilization
Ebenezer Obadare, Sociology
Mariya Omelicheva, Political Science
Brent Steele, Political Science
Randy Stotler, Geology
Kees Vanderveen, Geography

Resources

Suggested Courses

Environmental Studies

EVRN 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 140 and HIST 140.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TR 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 18506
LBN Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
F 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 21769
LBN
T 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20122
LBN
W 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20124
LBN
R 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20125
LBN
W 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20123
EVRN 142 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 142 and HIST 142.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Geography

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography
An introductory survey of the environmental setting, historically formative periods, and present-day issues that distinguish the major culture areas of the world. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 14480
LEC
TR 01:00-02:15 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 11671
LEC Herlihy, Peter
TR 11:00-12:15 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 11670
GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
An examination of the relationships between humans and their environments. The course introduces students to basic concepts in human geography relating to economic activities, landscapes, languages, migrations, nations, regions, and religions. Serves as the basis for further course work in cultural, economic, political, population, and urban geography. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Warf, Barney
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 15333
LEC
MW 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 11672
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21111
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21112
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21113
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21114
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21115
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 21116
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 18808
GEOG 371 Environmental Geopolitics
This course examines how human relationships with the biophysical world are politicized. Examines key contributions to debates surrounding environmental security, resource conflicts, and related issues, as well as geopolitical assumptions on which these debates build. (Same as EVRN 371 and GIST 371.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 556 Geography of the Energy Crisis
A discussion and analysis of the basic facts and causes of energy problems on a national and world scale. Examines current production, consumption, efficiency, reserves, conservation, and other energy policy options, including adjustments that will affect consumer use, national politics, and strategic issues. Prerequisite: GEOG 102 or GEOG 375. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Peace and Conflict Studies

Political Science

POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
A study of the nation-state system including the role of nationalism, sovereignty, and power. Patterns of state action including neutralism, collective security, war, and cooperation through international organizations are stressed. Specific examples of contemporary international problems are also analyzed and discussed. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Arwine, Alan
MW 09:00-09:50 AM HAW 1005 - LAWRENCE
3 13313
DIS
R 09:00-09:50 AM ST 338B - LAWRENCE
3 17950
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM BL 207 - LAWRENCE
3 13315
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM FR 222 - LAWRENCE
3 13317
DIS
W 10:00-10:50 AM BL 114 - LAWRENCE
3 13318
DIS
W 10:00-10:50 AM BL 207 - LAWRENCE
3 17949
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM BL 209 - LAWRENCE
3 13316
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM BL 207 - LAWRENCE
3 22868
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM BL 207 - LAWRENCE
3 13314
POLS 665 Politics in Africa
A survey of politics in Africa, focused on the countries of sub-Saharan or Black Africa. The course includes a historical discussion of precolonial Africa, colonization and the creation of contemporary states, and the politics of independence, before examining contemporary political systems and the forces influencing patterns of politics on the continent. (Same as AAAS 600.) Prerequisite: POLS 150 or AAAS 105 or AAAS 305 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

POLS 670 United States Foreign Policy
An evaluation of the formulation of United States foreign policy in the post-World War II period. Economic, military, and diplomatic dimensions of policy; internal and external influences on policy; theories of foreign policy decision-making. Prerequisite: Nine hours of political science. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Avdan, Nazli
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 23644
POLS 675 Russian Foreign Policy
Examination of the history of Soviet and Russian foreign policy and current issues of foreign policy in the Post-Soviet era. Analysis of foreign policy making in Russia and the other Post-Soviet states. Emphasis on the changed nature of international security problems after the cold war and on the role of foreign policy in economic development. Prerequisite: Junior level or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

WGSS 662 Gender and Politics in Africa
This course is designed to explore the field of gender and African politics. We begin by paying particular attention to African women's political roles during the pre-colonial and colonial society. Next, we examine the impetus, methods, and path of liberation struggles and how gender roles were shaped, shifted, and changed during these struggles. The majority of the class focuses on current issues in African politics, including gender and development; HIV/AIDS and women's health; gender and militarism. We also explore women's roles in political institutions; civil society organizations; trade and labor unions; and transnational movements. We also examine contemporary constructions of masculinity and femininity in African states and explore how these constructions affect social policy and national political agendas. (Same as AAAS 662.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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