Metabolism and Technoscience|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Health Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Justice|
This course will investigate the scientific idea of metabolism through the lens of technoscience. Metabolism is a flexible and mobile scientific idea, one that has been applied at the micro-level of analysis within biological organisms, at the meso-level of social collectivities, and at the macro-level of global ecologies. Metabolism encompasses all of the biological and technosocial processes through which bodies (both human and not human) and societies (again, human and not) create and use nutrients, medicines, toxins, and fuels. The lens of technoscience enables us to investigate the technological and scientific practices that define and drive metabolic processes within sciences, cultures, and political economies. These processes implicate forces of production, consumption, labor, absorption, medicalization, appropriation, expansion, growth, surveillance, regulation, and enumeration. Accordingly, as we will learn, metabolism is also a profoundly political process that is inextricably linked to systems that create structural and symbolic violence as well as modes of resistance and struggle. In these contexts, we will interpret some of the most pressing metabolic crises facing human societies, including ecological disaster, industrial food regimes, metabolic health problems, and industrial-scale pollution.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York. THE ECOLOGICAL RIFT: CAPITALISM'S WAR ON THE EARTH (MONTHLY REVIEW, 2011). ISBN: 9781583672181
Norah MacKendrick. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: HOW CONSUMERS NAVIGATE EXPOSURE TO EVERYDAY TOXICS (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, 2018), ISBN:9780520296695
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Class engagement, quizzes, and a research project.
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