Ukraine and Its Environment|
Spring 2021 not offered
International perspectives on environmental issues are critical in order to address the challenges facing the world. Developing an international perspective requires more than learning from printed literature--it requires in-country experience and the desire to be able to view issues through different cultural lenses. This course will provide such experience by learning about the diversity of Ukrainian environments, people, and cultures both in the classroom at Wesleyan and by traveling to Ukraine during Spring Break. During our time in Ukraine we will receive lectures in English from noted scholars, politicians, professors and scientists on topics such as environmental law, global environmental security, urban environment, environmental policy in developing states, and sustainable development for the developing world. We will travel and learn from scientists at Chernobyl about the regeneration of forest ecosystems, learn from agronomists about agriculture on the steppes, and learn from politicians and scholars about Ukrainian environmental policy and their views of U.S. policies. We will also enter into round table discussions with university students to exchange ideas about potential international solutions and approaches to environmental problems. These are just some of the experiences that are planned for our visit. Ukraine, as a pivotal democracy of the former Soviet Bloc, is an amazing place to witness how a nation wrestles with dramatic changes in policy. At the same time Ukraine is culturally diverse, which presents interesting challenges to formulating fair and cohesive policies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENVS197 OR E&ES199
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Plokhy, Serhii, THE GATES OF EUROPE: A HISTORY OF UKRAINE
Feshbach, Murray, ECOCIDE IN THE USSR: HEALTH AND NATURE UNDER SIEGE (excerpts)
Selected articles including but not limited to:
Mousseau, Timothy, THE BIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA in CRISIS WITHOUT END
Morris, Holly, (documentary) THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL
Brehignac, FD, et al, ADDRESSING ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RADIATION ON POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS TO IMPROVE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AGAINST RADIATION: AGREED STATEMENTS FROM A CONSENSUS SYMPOSIUM in JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY
INTERVIEW WITH ALEXEY YABLOKOV in THE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Readings and reading responses, quiz, participation in discussions, and a term research project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course includes a trip to the Ukraine, which will occur during spring break.
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