GRADUATE: EST 624, "NATURE, RECREATION, AND SOCIETY" (Fall) Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Explores theory, concepts and arguments to inform understandings of behaviors and attitudes toward the relationship between recreation and nature. Emphasizes connections between recreation, nature and identity formation. Includes topics such as motivations for recreational behaviors, social factors affecting perceptions of nature, and more critical topics addressing eco-imperialism, green-washing and marginalization of local populations. Fall.
EST 650, "ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR" (Spring) Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. How do people comprehend, evaluate and utilize the physical environments that they inhabit? This course examines linkages between individual and collective cognitive processes, and perceptions that inform human-environment interactions by drawing on theories, paradigms and models from a wide range of disciplines. Topics covered include: environmental psychology, environmental philosophy, critical theory, risk analysis, threat perception, social movement, decision-making, hazard response, ecohealth and environmental justice, gender, linkages between attitude, culture and behavior, community-based research models and ethics, conservation and sustainable behaviors and practices. Spring
UNDERGRADUATE: EST 366, "ATTITUDES, VALUES, AND THE ENVIRONMENT" (Fall) Tuan asks: “What are our views on the physical environment, natural and man made? How do we perceive, structure, and evaluate it? What have been, and what are, our environmental ideals? How do economy, life style, and the physical setting itself affect environmental attitudes and values? What are the links between environment and world view?”
EST 366, “Attitudes, Values, and the Environment” is designed to introduce you to these very questions through concepts of value, morality, judgment, and the ways in which your own worldviews influence how you interact with the environment in which you live. The course readings and discussions will challenge you to think critically about notions of morality, value, nature and wilderness among others, and to examine how different societies’ histories, religions, and philosophies inform their perceptions of physical and social environments.
EST 140, "INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE PEOPLES, LANDS, AND CULTURES" (Spring) This course is designed to provide an introduction to the history of indigenous peoples in North America, as well as to delve into the more contemporary issues facing the Native American community.
Course topics will focus on a variety of historical and contemporary issues in the American Indian community. Owing to the fact that this is an introductory course, we will highlight a number of Indian populations throughout the United States, and will address pre-contact, contact, and post-contact eras. Particular emphasis will be on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) of New York, their history, and contemporary issues facing the Nations.
Topically, the course will address such issues as environmental custodianship, land claims, sovereignty, self-determination, self-governance, and challenges in the “post”-colonial era.