01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Innovation Hall 208
Section Information for Fall 2021
Humans have shaped their environments for thousands of years. Due to more recent and profound human transformation of the planet, however, a growing number of scientists have gone so far as to label our contemporary geologic age the “Anthropocene.” Earth is so severely dominated by human activity, in other words, that we can reasonably recognize the start of a new and unprecedented global era. With the nature and potentially catastrophic implications of the so-called “Anthropocene” serving as its backdrop, this course will explore society-environment interactions. We will draw from a variety of anthropological questions, theoretical approaches, and research techniques to explore such interactions in a variety of settings around the world. Topics will include: climate change and pollution, race and toxic exposure, nuclear energy, agriculture and GMOs, indigenous rights and biodiversity conservation, the environmental consequences of war, epigenetics and obesity, resilience and environmental justice.