SC 025 People & Nature: History & Future of Human Impacts on the Planet (Fall/Spring: 3)

Corequisite: SC 029
Cross Listed with HS 121
Offered Periodically
The twenty-first century opened with combined crises of climate, bio-diversity, and eco-system collapse. While it is not often recognized, human disruption of eco-systems is an old story, and environmental historians have identified major human impacts over the last 500 years. This course combines contemporary analyses of how humans are altering the planet with the historical record and explores both the familiar and the novel in the realm of ecological challenges. Topics include climate change, de-forestation, water shortages, the spread of disease, limits to growth, the global consumer culture, food systems, and culture and values.
Prasannan Parthasarathi
Juliet Schor

Last Updated: 16-NOV-11