Spring 2019

The Resilient (?) Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Studies

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-120

Formerly listed as: COLQ-22  |  ENST-12  |  FAMS-01


Hannah A. Holleman (Section 01)
Rachel A. Levin (Section 01)
Ashwin J. Ravikumar (Section 01)


What is ‘the environment’ and why does it matter? What are the environmental impacts of “business as usual”? What kinds of environmental futures do we want to work towards and what are the alternatives? In this class, we will explore these and other questions that examine how and why we relate to the environment in the ways that we do and the social, ecological and ethical implications of these relationships. As an Introduction to Environmental Studies, this course seeks to (i) develop a common framework for understanding ‘the environment’ as a tightly coupled socio-natural enterprise, and (ii) familiarize students with several key environmental issues of the 21st century. One lecture and one discussion section per week.

Limited to 60 students. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer R. Levin, Professor Holleman and Assistant Professor Ashwin Ravikumar.

If Overenrolled: Prospective (FY, SO) and declared ENST majors have priority for enrollment


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2018-19: Offered in Spring 2019
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018