L&S Curricular Connections

L&S Discovery Courses

LS C30V / Environmental Science, Policy, and Management C10

Environmental Issues

Biological Science

2024 Spring | TU, TH 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Class # 14972

What is the “environment”? Not what students may initially think, nor may they fully realize how central the question is to what is important to them, to their present and future happiness, and to the life they may aspire to have when they are 50.

In ESPMC10 (a L&S Discovery Course, LSC30), we examine the facts, myths, and misconceptions about scientific knowledge and how it is received and filtered by all of us. We acknowledge we are all psychologically hardwired in ways that imped our acceptance of challenging information We consider the additional deliberate attempts at scientific misinformation for political or ideological purposes, and the role of government censorship of information. It is within this complex landscape of information and its manipulation that the major environmental issues of our time – food production, energy/climate change, urbanization/consumer goods production and consumption – are evolving. We try to examine these issues carefully, dispelling or exposing, where we can, the many fallacies promoted by both adherents and opponents of any given issue. The rejection of fact, we learn, is a very bi-partisan activity.

Our environment, as we discover, plays an enormous role in our happiness and well-being, and in the well-being of nations. We examine the changing face and participants in environmentalism. We examine the important, and sometime crippling, concepts of environmental amnesia, environmental fatigue, and environmental anxiety.

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2024
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  • Spring 2021
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  • Spring 2013
  • Spring 2012
  • Spring 2011
  • Spring 2010
  • Spring 2009
  • Spring 2008
  • Spring 2007
  • Spring 2006
Ron Amundson faculty profile
Ron Amundson (Environmental Science, Policy, & Management)