"Welcome to the Anthropocene. It's a new geological era, so take a look around. A single species is in charge of the planet, altering its features almost at will. And what [is] more natural than to name this new era after the top of the range anthropoid, ourselves?" (Pearce, 2007:58).
This course focuses on the different perspectives or theories that help explain the environmental transformations that constitute the Anthropocene. While we can agree on some scientifically-explained 'facts' about the way human society has changed the natural world, there is a great deal of divergence on how these 'facts' should be interpreted, and therefore understood. In this course, we will explore those theories. This will help us to understand the public discourse on environmental problems, and how both governments and individuals respond to them.
This course does not study environmental problems per se, although students are expected to have a good grasp of the current ecological and climate crisis. Therefore, ENVS 1013 - Introduction to Environmental Problems - is a prerequisite for this course. Special permission may be given by the instructor if the student has taken an equivalent course elsewhere.
- Teacher: Janice Harvey