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
Randy Stotler, Geology
Kees Vanderveen, Geography

Resources

Suggested Courses

Typically Offered Every Year

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.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 58149
LBN Klinger, Patrick
M 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 60071
LBN Cooper, David
W 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 60072
LBN Cooper, David
W 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 60073
LBN Klinger, Patrick
M 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 60074
EVRN 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 GEOG 371 and GIST 371.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

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.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Diener, Alexander
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 57260
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 51665
LEC Herlihy, Peter
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 56620
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 Spring 2018 semester.

 

Typically Offered Every Two Years

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 and POLS 662.) Prerequisite: Sophomore level or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

 

Typically Offered Less Than Every Two Years

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 Spring 2018 semester.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling in one of the courses listed above, remember to check the Schedule of Classes or contact the offering department (e.g., Geography & Atmospheric Science) to verify that the course will be offered during the semester in which you plan to enroll in the course.


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