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Fall 2021
Oct 07,2022
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The course introduces students to an understanding of the world through the lens of human presence in the geologic time. Anthropocene is a popular metaphor to describe the environmental, economic, and cultural transformations since the industrial revolution. The term was coined in 2000 by ecologist Eugene Stoermer and popularized by Paul Crutzen, to define our current geologic age. lt has since represented cultural narratives of human time in the planet, a meme about nature-society interactions (Brondizio et al.).[l] The metaphor of the Anthropocene provides the analytical lens to narrate the story of our planet, living and dying‘ in the planet, and the complex relationship of cultures and the environment. Through a critical analysis of the forces of global transformations-modernity, capitalism, colonialism and development-the course examines questions of resource access, use, distribution and equity in the world and its impact on diverse communities at the local, national and global contexts. lt asks: how can we make sense of the Anthropocene to our world? What does this convey about cultures, economy and he environment. How can we understand the human-cultural dimensions of climate change, pollution, food and water security etc. at the global and local level? What do communities around the globe have to say about the important changes occurring in the world? l-low can we use the understanding of the Arithropocene to be responsible members of the global community? The course is divided into three sections: Part I examines the concept of Anthropocene and it‘s bearing on interpretations of the environment and cultures. Part ll untangles the historical, economic and cultural forces that have shaped the world we live in. Part lll focuses on thematic issues of global distribution of power and resources and it’s impact on communities in the Global North and the Global South. This section focuses on resource and pollution issues relating to food, energy, and water justice, and climate change.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Sustainability Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Global Awareness

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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