Spring 2024

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

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-120


Hannah A. Holleman (Sections 01 and 02F)
Rachel A. Levin (Sections 01 and 01F)


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 course, 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 50 students. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer R. Levin and Professor Holleman.

How to handle overenrollment: Prospective (FY, SO) and declared ENST majors have priority for enrollment

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, written work, oral presentations, group work, independent research

ENST 120 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM BEBU 107

ENST 120 - DIS

Section 01F
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SCCE E208

Section 02F
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SCCE A331


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024