Introductory Seminar in Environmental Studies

Institution: Wofford College

Instructor: Kaye Savage

Description: This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Studies by examining how human populations affect our planetary environment, and how our planetary environment affects us. In the Environmental Studies program at Wofford, we focus on the complexity of particular issues within this framework, and explicitly recognize that there are many disciplinary perspectives as well as private opinions on any given topic. We group academic perspectives into humanities & arts, social sciences, and natural sciences (a “3-legged stool”), and ask you to think carefully about the different ways of learning, knowing, and communicating embodied in these approaches. We also ask you to skeptically examine the basis for your own opinions, and to respectfully explore differing personal views with one another. The Climate Change unit assignment involves making an artistic work that incorporates climate data, and writing an accompanying artist’s statement.

Level: Undergraduate

Timing: Taught every semester (various instructors).

Country: United States

Syllabus: Introductory Seminar in Environmental Studies