Ukraine and its Environment
Spring 2017 not offered
International perspectives on environmental issues are critical in order to address the challenges facing the world. The development of international perspectives require 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 travelling 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, Sustainable Development for the Developing World, etc. We will also travel and learn from scientists at Chernobyl about the regeneration of forest ecosystems, we will learn from agronomists about agriculture on the steppes, we will learn from politicians and scholars about Ukrainian environmental policy and their views of US 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); and 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.
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