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Fall 2019 Sustainability Courses

During Fall 2019, there are sustainability courses being offered in many different subjects, from Geography to Theatre. Explore how sustainability plays a role in changing environmental systems, ethics, tourism, and more. Below you will find information on each course, please contact the individual departments if you have questions about the curriculum.

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BIOL 108: Environmental Biology with Lab


Basic ecological principles and selected topics in environmental science, including worldwide impact of growing human population, patterns of energy consumption, and issues of water quality, water management, land use, and biological resources. Application of the scientific method will be incorporated in laboratory component. Will not serve as basis of further work in science nor meet entrance requirements for any health profession. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

BIOL 202: Integrated Biological Principles


Second of two-part series on the fundamental principles of biology. Examines organismal physiology and ecology within the context of biological evolution. Builds upon the competencies and skills learned in BIOL 199 and 200 Serves as preparation for upper level biology courses and beyond. Intended for majors in biology and biochemistry and molecular biology. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

BIOL 381: Advanced Topics in Ecology with Lab

Sevin, Brinkerhof

Discussion-based course exploring the development of ecological theories in scientific literature from the foundations of the discipline through contemporary research and cutting-edge approaches. Readings draw from contemporary and foundational scientific research articles; critical analysis and discussion of the methods, data, and ideas found in each paper. Culminates in the development of one or more synthetic projects such as a synthesis paper that approaches current and historical thinking on a foundational ecological theory, and or a team-developed educational lab module that could hypothetically be used to teach undergraduate ecology students. The specific topical content of this course will vary by semester.

BUAD 392: Ethical, Social, Legal Responsibilities of Business


Ethical and legal issues in business world are discussed and analyzed from a philosophical, historical, legal, and behavioral approach. Current ethical and legal cases serve to highlight changing value choices and resulting consequences, as well as legal problems experienced by business people.

BUAD 497: Strategic Management

Sutton, Courtney

Analysis of the external environment and internal resources of a firm leading to the development of strategies and plans for implementing them. The course also provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from each of the functional business disciplines through case studies and other learning tools.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Heinicke, Craft, Duncan, McGoldrick, Zylkin, Cook, Hayes, Linask

Provides students with the analytical perspective to think critically about the market system and social objectives it may serve. Topics include supply and demand, market structure, production, market failure (e.g., pollution), and benefits and costs of government intervention.

ECON 211: Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America


Comparative analysis of economic growth, income and wealth distribution, trade and finance, population, agriculture, and industrialization in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

ECON 331: Labor Economics


Economic analysis of labor markets including labor supply, investment in human capital, labor demand, and wage determination. Policy issues include labor unions, discrimination, and analysis of government programs affecting labor markets.

ENVR 199: Biodiversity & Conservation with Lab


ENVR 199: Coastal Marine Ecology with Lab


ENVR 199 / BIOL: Invasions in Biology with Lab


ENVR 201: Introduction to Environmental Studies


Overview of contemporary environmental issues, including species extinction, resource depletion, and pollution. Students examine behavior leading to environmental degradation, the scientific, ethical, and economic aspects of the resulting problems, and study policies intended to provide solutions.

ENVR 220 / GEOG 220: Ecotourism


Ecotourism integrates environmental protection, education, empowerment, local livelihoods, and responsible travel. The study of ecotourism allows students to document and analyze complex interactions between society and nature.

ENVR 250 / GEOG 250: Intro to Earth Systems & Physical Geography with Lab


Basic concepts of earth systems science and physical geography. Includes earth-sun relationships, weather and climate, environmental hydrology, landforms and geomorphology, climate change, and human-environment interactions.

ENVR 269 / WGSS 279: Environmental Ethics


Introduces students to the moral issues and ethical approaches that characterize interaction with our natural environment. Topics will vary but will typically include issues such as our moral obligation to nonhuman species and to future human generations, and ethical analysis of contemporary environmental issues such as climate change and species extinction.

ENVR 300: Environmental Justice


ENVR 300: Weather, Climate, and Society


ENVR 300: Paradox of the Cultivated Wild


ENVR 362 / PLSC 362: Environmental Law and Policy


Examines legal aspects, both regulations and case law, of environmental policy. Central issues are whether legal responses (1) effectively address the needs of the parties most affected; (2) properly weigh such facts as economic efficiency, protection of nonhuman species, and the possibility of unintended consequences; and (3) are diluted by the political process.

ENVR 364: Environmental Geology


Introduces students to the global environmental impact of anthropogenic climate change and the possible impact of the way we live in the USA on poor, marginalized, and at risk communities around the world.

ENVR 391: Environmental Senior Seminar


Close study of a current environmental problem. Student develops a project to address the problem using approaches and skills from the environmental studies core and elective courses.

FYS 100: Civic Journalism and Social Justice


In this course, students will learn that journalists don't just report the news - they often have a responsibility to tell stories that inspire social change. This course explores the role and responsibility of journalism in identifying social issues and uncovering ways to resolve them.

FYS 100: Knowing and Choosing in the Face of Adversity

Mavis Brown

There are many lenses through which to analyze the human experience. In this seminar, we will examine knowing on the one hand, and various ways of choosing in the face of adversity and uncertainty on the other, as these concepts play out in selected literary texts and environmental sustainability.

FYS 100: Noble Beasts


This course explores accounts from history, literature, and science about ways animals have improved our lives by protecting us, working for us, and serving us as sources of comfort, recreation, and entertainment. It also examines the problems and conflicts that can arise with reference to our responsibilities to animals (e.g. in terms of their rights, their welfare, and their health). Our study will be guided by questions such as the following: What do we know about animal nature and intelligence, and how do we know what we know? What do we get from our relationships with animals? What are the relative influences of training, instinct, and intelligence upon animal behavior? What are the implications of this knowledge for our relationships--both with animals and with each other?

FYS 100: Not Just Food: Politics and Social Justice


This course uses the politics and policy of food in the United States, particularly the rise of the organic and food justice movements, to introduce students to college-level research, analysis, and writing. Students will learn about how our practices concerning food production and consumption affect the world around us and our relationships with one another. Students will read the works of food activists, journalists, and scholars. They will chose a food to research and formulate a scholarly argument about that food. Past student projects include research into breakfast cereal, bagels, corn dogs, potato chips, diet soda, and many more.

FYS 100: Storytelling and Identity


This course explores the role that stories play in forming our own identity, forming relationships with others, and forming the structures through which we understand our world. Students will grapple with these ideas by participating in community-based learning, story-sharing with local incarcerated youth at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. All participants in the project collaborate to produce a final creative piece which represents their experience telling stories together. UR students will also read, discuss, research, and write analytically as a way of making sense of their experiences.

FYS 100: Why Do We Build? Why Should We Care?


This course will explore the various roles architecture, building, and design play in shaping how we live, work, play and interact with one another. We will read texts covering a variety or periods and points of view. In reading critical and primary texts students will appreciate the impact design can have on our experience of place. This semester our class will participate in the East End Collaboratory with projects exploring not only the cemetery, but also social infrastructure in the city of Richmond. Questions we will address include: Can we fix a broken society through design? What is the role of the architect or planner in shaping society? What are the roles of old and new structures in our understanding of place and ourselves?

GEOG 210: Geographic Dimensions of Global Development


Introduction to geographic approaches to study of cultural, societal, economic, political, and environmental change. Topics include: spatial analysis techniques and theories; population distributions and migration; cultural geographies; global economic development and its distribution; urbanization; political geography; and human-environment relations.

GEOG 320: Power, Space, and Territory: Geographies of Political Change


Analyses of and explorations into the spatial dimensions and geographic characteristics of global, regional, and local political change; and the political economy and ecology of globalization. Topics include: imperialism; world systems theory; nationalism; regionalism; electoral geography; race, class and gender; political economy of trade and foreign aid; and political ecology.

GEOG 345: Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature


Applies geography's human-environment tradition to examine environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development. Examinations into foundations and theories behind the concept of sustainable development, discussions and debates about its real-world applicability, and explorations into case studies addressing relationships and contradictions between human desires for material well-being, environmental protection, and maintenance of cultural and/or social traditions.

HCS 100: Intro to Health Care Studies


Survey of: (1) how health care is financed, organized, and delivered both in the U.S. and in other countries; (2) major health policy areas and issues; and (3) what constitutes the study of public health, health administration, health services and bioethics. Surveys the key stakeholders: those who pay for, provide and receive care. Contrasts the different ways that health care providers are paid, how and why reimbursement methods have changed over time, and their consequences for the quality, cost and accessibility of health care services. Finally, as a case study, the Affordable Care Act will be dissected for the purposes of illustrating the ways in which the U.S. health care system differs from those of other wealthy countries. No particular disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.

HCS 201: Health and the Caring Professions


Ethical and interpersonal aspects of healthcare within a larger sociopolitical context. Analytical and reflective skills in a scholarly approach to healthcare issues. Preparation for a broad range of careers and educational opportunities in healthcare.

LDST 102: Leadership and the Social Sciences

von Rueden, Shields, Hoyt

Introduction to the study of leadership through theoretical and empirical explorations of social interaction. Readings selected from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Emphasis on advancing the understanding of leadership through an increased appreciation of the rich complexities of human behavior.

LDST 307: Leadership in International Contexts


Examines the ethics of international leadership. Students will consider ethical issues relating to international affairs that leaders and followers confront in politics, the military, business, and the nonprofit sectors. Topics include war, global poverty, migration, and international institutions. Primary focus ethical.

LDST 450: Leadership Ethics

Coetsee, Flanigan

Application of moral theory to the values and assumptions of leadership, focusing especially on the ethical challenges of leaders past and present, group behavior, and leadership theory. Topics include self-interest, power, charisma, duty, obedience, and the greater good.

MATH 190: Integrated Science/ Math/ Computer Science 2 with Lab


One of two courses taught fall semester as part of Integrated Quantitative Science program. Each semester of the course will be organized around a guiding principle that integrates several concepts. Along with co-requisite, will include ten hours for lecture and lab combination.

MGMT 348: Environmental Management


Study of various challenges being faced by today's organizations created by heightened concern for the protection of our natural environment. Topics studied include such issues as air and water pollution, waste management, and global warming.

PHIL 265: Bioethics


A survey of prevalent topics in recent bioethics, the study of ethical discussions surrounding the sciences of biology and medicine. Works to improve ability to think critically and to argue from the standpoint of a certain moral theory in the ethical evaluation of problems concerning the human body, health care, doctor-patient relationship, life and death, food, and animals.

PLSC 260: Introduction to Public Policy


Contemporary social and economic problems in America, public policies adopted or proposed to deal with them, and ways of analyzing those problems and policies.

PPEL 261: Seminar in Theory and Public Policy

Aims to bring into contact and conflict various normative theories developed by philosophers, political scientists, and economists - that is, their different accounts of what makes acts right, outcomes good, or societies just - with significant attention paid to the implications these theories have for some issue of public policy such as climate change healthcare reform, or global poverty reduction.

PPEL 262: Seminar in Law and Social Order


Aims to bring into contact and conflict various normative theories developed by philosophers, political scientists, economists, and legal theorists - that is, their different accounts of what makes acts right, outcomes good, or societies just - with significant attention paid to the implications these theories have for some area of law, such as international or tort law, or some legal institution, such as legislatures or courts.

RHCS 350: Rhetoric in a Globalized World


Exploration of the rhetoric of U.S. internationalism in the 20th century and its impact on the discourse of globalization in the 21st century through close analysis of speeches, public documents, maps, photos, posters, radio, and films. A broad historical/critical perspective is offered on important public arguments pertaining to the global expansion of American power, while also engaging with significant archival and other primary materials from both American and international perspectives. Special attention to the relationship between historical and contemporary rhetorics of intervention, foreign aid, and exceptionalism.

THTR 313: Theatre for Social Change


A studio and seminar class inspired by African and European models in Theatre for Development, a specialized field of drama focused on social development and grounded in participatory procedure. The activity involves research, analysis, scenario building, and performance. Participants will be exposed to exercises in devising and performing work for impacting social transformation. The course will highlight issues within the immediate environment as well as the larger Richmond community, and practice will occur in both domains.

WELL 90: Personal Sustainability

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