Environmentalism in a Global Age|
Fall 2021 not offered
Over the second half of the 20th century, popular movements in the United States and around the world achieved landmark protections for the environment. Yet in that same period, accelerating globalization and the emergence of transnational environmental issues like acid rain threatened to undercut the effectiveness of national laws and regulations. This seminar investigates how environmental activists have responded to a range of challenges in the global age, from economic development and species conservation to population growth and Malthusian family planning campaigns. As those two examples suggest, environmentalists have engaged with key developments in the modern world, in sometimes troubling ways. Although the subject matter is historical, this course will also focus on what the history of global environmentalism can contribute to contemporary advocacy, not least with regards to climate change.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Thomas Robertson, THE MALTHUSIAN MOMENT: GLOBAL POPULATION GROWTH AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM
Stephen Macekura, OF LIMITS AND GROWTH: THE RISE OF GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Joshua Howe, BEHIND THE CURVE: SCIENCE AND THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARMING
Rob Nixon, SLOW VIOLENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENTALISM OF THE POOR
Paige West, CONSERVATION IS OUR GOVERNMENT NOW: THE POLITICS OF ECOLOGY IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
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Five one-page response papers distributed throughout the semester, introduction of one week┐s readings to the class, and final research paper (12-15 pages).
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