RECENT COURSES Chadron State College

SOC 230 Global Society

 Syllabus

Study and comparison of several societies including that of The United States.  Specific areas of comparison include family structure, conflict resolution, economic activity, history and demography, education and religion

RECENT COURSES University of Oregon

ENVS 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Social Sciences

 Syllabus

This course introduces students to social science perspectives regarding some of the major environmental challenges of our time. Drawing on work from sociology, political science, geography, anthropology (and more!) this course examines the socio-political causes, as well as potential approaches to confronting and alleviating these environmental challenges.

ENVS 203 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Humanities

 Syllabus

This course introduces some of the major contributions of the humanities to understanding the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. Through critical theory, fiction, art, environmental history, film and music, we will explore the relationship between contemporary US cultures and environmental practices. In particular we will consider how creative works (art, literature, music) confront environmental crisis and provide inspiration to those resisting environmental destruction.

ENVS 435 Environmental Justice

 Syllabus

This interdisciplinary course will challenge conventional concepts of “environment” and “environmentalism” in order to explore the role that systems of social and political inequality play in the distribution of environmental harms and benefits. We will also learn about the ways communities have attempted to confront and eradicate these harms.

ENVS 411 Decolonization and Environmental Justice

 Syllabus

Settler colonialism separates people from their sacred places, distorts the history of land-tenure, and brutalizes the ecology that upholds all life. As colonizers degrade the land, native people are often experience physical, emotional, spiritual and economic harms. In these many ways, ecological damage contributes to the ongoing genocide of native peoples. Many indigenous peoples and their supporters actively oppose ecological forms of colonial violence. Contemporary examples include the Cowboy and Indian Alliance against the Keystone XL project, international movements opposing the Tar Sands, and the work of the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. This 411 course is designed to allow students to more fully analyze disproportionate environmental harms/benefits within the settler-colonial context.

ENVS 411 Armed Conflict and Environment

 Syllabus

This course considers the relationship between the natural environment and armed  conflict (focused mostly on the US and Canada). We will utilize an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand the way militarization and ecology intersect.

ENVS 411 Oil and Culture

 Syllabus

This course investigates the cultural values, representations, understandings and material manifestations of oil. Throughout this course, we will take a multi-disciplinary approach to consider what the humanities can add to the important conversations about understanding climate change and the culture of oil that has produced it.