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SPRING 2018 COURSES

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Sustainability (SUS) 101 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Robert Golder ● TuTh 2:00-3:15 (Section 01)

Professor Lydia Silva ● TuTh 9:30-10:45 (Section 02)

Professor Jerrold Blitefield ● TuTh 12:30-1:45 (Section 03)

3 credits. Fundamental principles of sustainability. The goal is to provide a larger context for topics covered in sustainability courses. Topics covered include: What is Sustainability?, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, Systems Thinking/Systems Analysis, "Natural" Systems and Function, Human Interactions with Natural Systems, Ethics, and Values. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4A or 4C. CAS: Social Science

 

Sustainability (SUS) 202-01 ● Sustainability on Campus

Professor Lydia Silva ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. Examination of the challenges of organizational and community sustainability, using UMass Dartmouth as the principle example. Students will engage with university operations to design and implement measures to advance campus sustainability. Areas of focus include the built environment, purchasing, transportation, natural resources, energy use, adaptation to new technologies, and the economics of higher education. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350-01 ● Social Practice: Alternative Spaces & Structures

Professor Ellen Mueller ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits.  This course engages students in the process of developing alternative spaces and structures for the presentation of social practice artworks. Students will simultaneously learn about the history of alternative art spaces and structures. Examples of these forms include re-appropriated structures or spaces, wheeled structures and vehicles, a variety of floating structures, sledded structures and vehicles, flying vehicles, human-powered approaches, packable and portable spaces, and more. This semester, the class project will be construction of a tiny-house gallery with solar panels and a sustainable energy component. Prerequisite:  SUS 101 or SUS 202. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350-02 ● The Politics of Global Climate Change

Professor Robert Darst ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. This course will address the politics of global climate change from multiple perspectives. We will examine what scientists know and do not know about climate change; the projected impact of climate change upon ecosystems and human well-being around the globe; the distribution of responsibility for climate emissions; the projected increase in refugees flows and violent conflict linked to climate change; the business, politics, and psychology of climate denial; effective climate communication strategies; climate planning across a wide range of organizations and levels of government; the political implications of global geoengineering; and the past, present, and possible future of international climate cooperation. Prerequisites: SUS 101 or SUS 202. University Studies: 4C and 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350-03 ● Industrial Design History

Professor Catherine Moran ● Monday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. Ever wonder why your cell phone look the way it does? Did you know touchscreen technology was originally used by air traffic controllers or that Eames modern molded plywood chair is connected to treating wounded soldiers in WWII? The theorist Daniel Miller said, “Stuff makes people as much as people make stuff.” This course explores the “stuff” people make as a lens to understanding culture and design. Through an examination of the toys, cars, clothes, consumer products, and everyday objects manufactured from the late 19th C. through modern day, this course will address the way Industrial Design adapts the things we live with to reflect and define our ever-changing modern world. Through a careful examination of objects in historic context, the balance between great design, utility, ecology, sustainability, technical innovation, and commodification reveals not only the story of the object, but the story of humanity. Prerequisite:  SUS 101 or SUS 202. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350-04 ● World Religions & Spirituality

Professor Crystal Lubinsky ● MWF 11:00-11:50

3 credits. Study of the religious world, in its historical context, is vital if you want to understand the living cosmos you inhabit, i.e. nature, the invisible world, sacred spaces, and human relationships/events. As in the past and today, religion is central to social and identity-making, as well as politics and economic events, therefore it is a necessity to reflect upon and question religious traditions, laws, and values. This class will engage students in thinking critically about humanity, nature, belief systems, and mythology. Prequisite: SUS 101 or SUS 202. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350-05 ● Connected Space

Professor James Lawton ● MW 9:00-11:50

3 credits. The class will develop proposals for a design competition at the SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art) Expo to be held at the Navy Pier in Chicago in November 2018. Six schools are invited to create interactive environments that incorporate light, seating and display. Within the installation we have the opportunity to connect with issues pertinent to our natural environment, to the social world, to stimulate inspired interchange. We are looking for students of all disciplines to conceptualize, fabricate, and if the proposal is selected, deliver the installation to Chicago. We will utilize and develop skill sets in CAD, furniture design, lighting technology and crowdfunding strategies. Prerequisite: SUS 101 or SUS 202. SUS: Arts, Though & Media.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 450-01 ● Sustainable Mobility

Professor Marguerite Zarrillo ● MWF 8:00-8:50

3 credits. Sustainable transportation is an ever increasing concern. The negative impacts of transportation systems on the environment, their carbon footprint and cost on the quality of human life are a growing problem. Yet, mobility is linked to economic development and equal opportunity for all. How our society decides to provide mobility without destroying our planet is a challenge. Providing access to mobility to all our citizens including the elderly, disabled and unemployed in a safe and economically manner is also a challenge. Often forgotten is the objective of providing mobility to our industrial partners who are in need of delivering resources and goods to our citizens. Knowing how to compute capacity is critical to ensuring that future designs in transport systems have increased capacity while maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Prerequisites: Junior standing. University Studies: 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Art History (ARH) 390-01 ● Special Topics in Art History: Industrial Design History

Professor Catherine Moran ● Monday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. Ever wonder why your cell phone look the way it does? Did you know touchscreen technology was originally used by air traffic controllers or that Eames modern molded plywood chair is connected to treating wounded soldiers in WWII? The theorist Daniel Miller said, “Stuff makes people as much as people make stuff.” This course explores the “stuff” people make as a lens to understanding culture and design. Through an examination of the toys, cars, clothes, consumer products, and everyday objects manufactured from the late 19th C. through modern day, this course will address the way Industrial Design adapts the things we live with to reflect and define our ever-changing modern world. Through a careful examination of objects in historic context, the balance between great design, utility, ecology, sustainability, technical innovation, and commodification reveals not only the story of the object, but the story of humanity. Prerequisite:  ARH 200 or permission of instructor. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Artisanry (ATR) 300-01 ● Concepts in Artisanry: Connected Space

Professor James Lawton ● MW 9:00-11:50

3 credits. The class will develop proposals for a design competition at the SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art) Expo to be held at the Navy Pier in Chicago in November 2018. Six schools are invited to create interactive environments that incorporate light, seating and display. Within the installation we have the opportunity to connect with issues pertinent to our natural environment, to the social world, to stimulate inspired interchange. We are looking for students of all disciplines to conceptualize, fabricate, and if the proposal is selected, deliver the installation to Chicago. We will utilize and develop skill sets in CAD, furniture design, lighting technology and crowdfunding strategies. Prerequisite: None. SUS: Arts, Though & Media.

 

Bioengineering (BNG) 162 ● Designing a Healthier Planet and its People

Professor Prathyushakrishna Macha ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. An overview of important areas of bioengineering with a focus on how design can benefit all biological systems spanning from the environment and our planet, to the humans that populate the planet. Topics include how chemistry can help improve energy sources and help decrease the effect of human activities on the environment, how engineering design can improve the health and well-being of humans, and how government agencies work to regulate these activities in the U.S. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 314 ● General Ecology

Professor Nancy O’Connor ● MWF 10:00-10:50 and Wednesday 2:00-4:45

4 credits. The principles and practices of the scientific discipline of ecology. Interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment will be emphasized. Interactions will be described and analyzed at the organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels. In the laboratory, students will use hypothesis-testing and experimentation to examine theoretical and empirical aspects of ecology. Prerequisites: This course is restricted to Biology majors who have completed BIO 121, 122, 210, and 234. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Black Studies (BLS) 480-01 ● Race, Archaeology, & Injustice

Professor Brian Broadrose ●Tuesday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. This class considers the intersection of race, archaeology (anthropology), and injustice through an examination of American Indian experiences.  We will study the political and economic role that archaeology has played in legitimating the contemporary moment, how varying scholarly narratives of pastness led to nationalism and racial hierarchies, how notions of American exceptionalism and racism have been embedded within objectively worded history, and how American Indians have responded to disempowerment, neo-colonization, and continued racism. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 304 ● Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Professor Amir Taghavy ● MWF 11:00-11:50

3 credits. Introduction to the sanitary engineering field. The environmental problems of urbanization and the natural cycle of water are discussed. Elementary hydrology, physical, chemical and biological principles of the treatment of water and wastewater are covered. Municipal services such as water mains, sanitary sewers and storm water drainage, layout and operation of purification and treatment works are studied in detail. In addition, state and federal regulatory standards are introduced and discussed. Prerequisites: CEN 303 and CHM 152; or permission of instructor. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 325 ● Water Resources Engineering

Professor Neil Fennessey ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. Elementary surface and groundwater hydrology, pressure flow and open channel flow fundamentals. Topics include basic probability and statistics with a water resources emphasis, watershed based and site drainage concepts, natural and constructed open channel systems, reservoir routing and design, analysis and management issues. Also covered are the analysis and design of pressure flow systems, dam spillways, energy dissipaters and stilling basins. An integrated, systems analyses approach to water resources engineering is emphasized. Prerequisite: CEN 303. Corequisite: CEN 313. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN)/Physics (PHY) 419 ● Advanced Traffic Engineering

Professor Marguerite Zarrillo ● MWF 8:00-8:50

3 credits. Applied technology and scientific principles to the planning, functional design, operations, and management of surface transportation facilities. A course project is required and includes topic areas in capacity analysis, simulation software applications, modeling traffic flow, environmental impact studies and other studies including volume, speed, travel-time, and delay studies. Prerequisite: PHY 112 or PHY 114. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Economics (ECO) 107 ● Economics of Pollution

Professor Randall Hall ● MWF 12:00-12:50

3 credits. Pollution is a basic problem faced by all societies and cultures and the response or lack of response to this problem will certainly shape societies globally.  Because of their inherent externalities, pollution problems can seldom be solved by one nation acting on their own. Through our course’s theories, news articles, and in-class games and simulations, students will discover that the problems and solutions of environmental economics are often best addressed through the lens of the world as a whole. Students will discuss and debate different national, social, and cultural perspectives on pollution and the global environment, and examine the potential role they have as members of a global society. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

History (HST) 314 ● History of Urban America

Professor Mark Santow ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. Examines the history of the American city - its people, its culture, and its politics. The course examines why cities look the way they do, and why cities are disproportionately poor and minority, while suburbs are not. Students consider such questions as: Are cities are in crisis? Can - and should - they be saved? The course looks at why cities are the way they are, and whether they still matter in an increasingly suburban nation. The course will also consider how these larger issues apply to nearby cities, such as New Bedford, Fall River, and Providence. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Management (MGT) 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Multiple sections and instructors: See COIN

3 credits. The highlights of law school in one semester, plus highlights of sustainable business. Topics related to sustainability include: corporations, law-making, how agencies regulate, and how liability is established when people are hurt. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and declared Sustainability Studies minor. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Marine Science (MAR) 105 ● Introductory Ocean Science

Professor Miles Sundermeyer ● Online

3 credits. Essential principles of ocean sciences. This course explores topics such as how the ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth; the ocean as a major influence on weather and climate; how the ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems; and how the sustainability of ocean resources depends on our understanding of those resources and their potential and limitations. Various examples of ocean instruments used for sampling and measurements are introduced. Prerequisite: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Marine Science (MAR) 115 ● Introduction to Climate Sciences

Professor Avijit Gangopadhyay ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. As part of this course, students will explore a variety of topics, including the effects of acid rain, the greenhouse effect as related to carbon footprint (e.g., the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels based on human activity), how warmer air and surface temperatures (brought on by climate change) impact corals and alter coral reef environments, and how global sea level rise might affect our coastal megacities. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Mechanical Engineering (MNE) 435 ● Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

Professor Mehdi Raessi ● MW 3:00-4:15

3 credits. Surface waves; wave modification; basic and advanced wave energy conversion techniques; energy conversion, transmission, and storage; environmental and mooring considerations. Prerequisites: MNE 332 and EGR 301. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Philosophy (PHL) 341 ● Philosophy of the Good Life

Professor Jennifer Mulnix ● MWF 11:00-11:50

3 credits. Exploration of the nature of the good life. This course surveys historical and contemporary concepts of well-being as well as how these concepts relate to theories of happiness and theories of morality. The relationship between well-being and political and economic policy will also be examined from both a philosophical and scientific perspective. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Physics (PHY) 162 ● Science, Technology, & Society: The Environment

Professor John Silva ● MWF 12:00-12:50

3 credits. This course studies current environmental issues and their relations to technological choices. For example, air and water quality are examined in relation to the use of various renewable and non-renewable energy resources. The course is non-mathematical. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Political Science (PSC) 234 ● Sustainability on Campus

Professor Lydia Silva ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. Examination of the challenges of organizational and community sustainability, using UMass Dartmouth as the principle example. Students will engage with university operations to design and implement measures to advance campus sustainability. Areas of focus include the built environment, purchasing, transportation, natural resources, energy use, adaptation to new technologies, and the economics of higher education. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 315 ● Public Policy in America

Professor Shannon Jenkins ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. Analysis of the policy-making processes, including agenda setting, adoption, implementation, and evaluation. These processes will be examined through the lens of major US policy areas such as education, the environment, and crime and justice policy. Prerequisite:  PSC 101 or junior standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 385 ● The Politics of Global Climate Change

Professor Robert Darst ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. This course will address the politics of global climate change from multiple perspectives. We will examine what scientists know and do not know about climate change; the projected impact of climate change upon ecosystems and human well-being around the globe; the distribution of responsibility for climate emissions; the projected increase in refugees flows and violent conflict linked to climate change; the business, politics, and psychology of climate denial; effective climate communication strategies; climate planning across a wide range of organizations and levels of government; the political implications of global geoengineering; and the past, present, and possible future of international climate cooperation. Prerequisites: PSC 161 or SUS 101 or Junior Standing. University Studies: 4C and 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 334 ● Food, Feast & Famine

Professor Isabel Rodrigues ● Thursday 2:00-4:30 (Section 01) or Tuesday 2:00-4:30 (Section 02)

3 credits. Throughout human evolution, knowledge about food gathering, food production, and food choices have been an inherent part of individual and cultural sustainability.  Food has always mediated cultural, political, and economic transactions. Paradoxically, while food production has increased dramatically in the last decades, the common citizen is largely ignorant about food systems. Furthermore, food insecurity remains a reality in both the industrialized and non-industrialized worlds. This course addresses these paradoxes as well as the role of food in both sustaining and undermining social and cultural identities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Urban Studies 201 ● City Life: Introduction to Urban Studies

Professor Andrea Klimt ● Thursday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. This course will introduce you to the ways in which scholars and activists from a range of different disciplines investigate the history, culture and social dynamics of American cities.  We will engage with key debates about how to foster socially just access to resources, opportunities, and quality of life for all urban residents and how to help make our cities of the future environmentally and socially sustainable. It will also introduce you to UMass Dartmouth faculty from across the campus who are working on urban-related research. We will explore various facets of urban life and examine ways to promote the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of cities in our region as well as in wider national and global contexts. Prerequisite: ENL 101. University Studies: 4B. CAS: Humanities or Social Science (but not both). SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

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WINTER 2018 COURSES

Political Science (PSC) 347 ● Environmental Law

Professor Chad McGuire ● Online

3 credits. Introduction to the concepts surrounding environmental law. Students explore the reasons, development, and implementation of environmental laws. Areas of focus include the following: using the law to consider environmental impacts before taking action; using the law to protect water and air quality; the law of land use; and global applications of legal frameworks to deal with large scale environmental problems like climate change. Prerequisite: Junior standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

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FALL 2017 COURSES

CAS  = College of Arts & Sciences Distribution Requirement; SUS = Sustainability Minor Content Area

Sustainability (SUS) 101 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Jerry Blitefield ● MWF 2:00-2:50

Professor Robert Golder ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of sustainability. We will examine what it means to live and work “sustainably” from the local to the global level, and we will approach these issues from a wide variety of perspectives. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4A or 4C. CAS: Social Science.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 202 ● Topics in Sustainability: Sustainable Food

Professor Lydia Silva ● TuTh 11:00-12:15

3 credits. This course takes a whole systems approach to sustainable food production from seed to table. Participants will explore the design of food systems that have the resiliency of natural ecosystems. Students will gain hands-on experience in the Cedar Dell Permaculture Garden and develop designs for sustainable food systems. The essential components of diverse food production systems will be discussed in detail including the environmental, social and economic impacts of sustainable food and farming. Note: SUS 202 may be repeated for credit with a change in topic. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4A. CAS: Social Science.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350 ● Advanced Topics in Sustainability

SUS 350-01 Sustainability in Action: see Sociology & Anthropology 386

SUS 350-02 Urban Politics: see Political Science 313

SUS 350-03 Arctic Policy: see Political Science 381

SUS 350-04 Environmental Communication: see English 357

 

Art History (ARH) 322 ● Art of the City

Professor Anna Dempsey ● TuTh 11:00-12:15

3 credits. Our cities, which provide us with basic shelter and community, have also been a source of great inspiration.  To the ancient Greeks, the public square was the communal heart of the city, and the space where democracy was born.  For artists of the last one hundred and fifty years, urban space has functioned as either the site of modernity and progress, or as the site of decay and decadence (as in Blade Runner, Akira, or American film noir).  More recently, artists have responded to urban and environmental decay and created work to catalyze communities to into action and foster urban “rebirths.” In this class, we will learn how artwork—from painting to public sculptures and site-specific installations—can affect and change the urban experience.  In particular, we will focus on recent artistic interventions that foster cultural and environmental regeneration. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 3B. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Art History (ARH) 349 ● Architecture and Sustainability in American Post-Industrial Cities

Professor Pamela Karimi ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. In this class, we will focus on the past, present, and future of landmarks and architectural heritage of Post-Industrial Cities in the U.S., illuminating the importance of the history and continued survival of these urban centers. Architecture, urban planning, and design will serve as springboards for discussing larger issues regarding the rise and fall and future of these cities.  Although the literature we cover in this class extends beyond Massachusetts, all assignments will focus on the city of New Bedford. The course involves creative and exciting assignments, including photographing and documenting the architectural heritage of New Bedford, making YouTube videos about sustainable environments, and proposing creative ideas to make use of vacant urban lots. The assignments will be constructed to fit each individual student's background and major. Throughout the course, we will meet with members of the New Bedford community and experts in local and non-profit organizations. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 5B and either 3B or 4B. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Biology (BIO) 112 ● The Ocean Environment

Professor Jefferson Turner ● MWF 8:00-8:50

3 credits. The study of the ocean environment as an integrated ecosystem: the biology of marine organisms and the related physical, chemical, and geological processes of the sea with attention given to the exploitation of marine resources and pollution. Not offered for credit to Biology majors. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 143 ● Ecology and Environmental Issues

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● MWF 4:00-4:50

3 credits. The science of ecology as it applies to major environmental issues. Principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology will be introduced in the context of such problems as invasive species and global climate change. Students will also learn and apply the scientific method through readings, discussion, and on-campus field research. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 499-01 ● Capstone Seminar: Biodiversity in a Changing World

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● Tuesday 2:00-5:00

3 credits. The earth is currently experiencing its sixth mass extinction event. The major causes of species loss can all be traced back to humans and are summarized by the acronym HIPPCO: habitat modification, invasive species, population growth, pollution, climate change, and overexploitation. Students in this capstone section will explore the primary literature to generate hypotheses about specific changes in species distributions, phenology, interactions, and diversity in response to human impacts. These hypotheses will then be tested using published data sets. Students will present their results to Biology Department faculty and students in a professional-style poster symposium at the end of the semester as well as in a blog posting for the general public. Prerequisite: Biology majors only. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Chemistry (CHM) 130 ● Chemistry and the Environment

Professor Smita Bala ● MWF 1:00-1:50

3 credits. Available to anyone in the university, this course provides substantial treatment, with demonstrations, of the chemistry involved in consumer concerns (food additives, medicines, detergents, etc.), air and water pollution, elementary biochemistry, and the general question of power generation and utilization (fuel cells, solar energy conversion, nuclear energy, etc.). No knowledge of chemistry is assumed, but it is hoped the student will have had high school chemistry or its equivalent. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Economics (ECO) 107 ● Economics of Pollution

Professor Randall Hall ● MWF 12:00-12:50 or MWF 2:00-2:50

3 credits. Pollution is a basic problem faced by all societies and cultures and the response or lack of response to this problem will certainly shape societies globally.  Because of their inherent externalities, pollution problems can seldom be solved by one nation acting on their own. Through our course’s theories, news articles, and in-class games and simulations, students will discover that the problems and solutions of environmental economics are often best addressed through the lens of the world as a whole. Students will discuss and debate different national, social, and cultural perspectives on pollution and the global environment, and examine the potential role they have as members of a global society. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Engineering (EGR) 303 ● Engineering Economics

Professor Jeffrey Beaudry ● TuTh 8:00-9:15

Instructor TBD ● TuTh 11:00-12:15

3 credits. Concepts and methods of engineering economics for decision making in engineering. Introduction of common methods of present worth analysis, rate of return, replacement analysis, and decision making under risk. Market evaluation of technology in competitive world markets including technological change, the environment, public goods and governmental trade policies. Prerequisite: Students in the College of Engineering only. University Studies: 4B. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

English (ENL) 357 ● Special Topics in Rhetorical Studies: Environmental Communication

Professor Jerry Blitefield ● MWF 1:00-1:50

3 credits. This course will examine the various ways individuals and groups communicate about the environment for public understanding. Much of our focus will attend to the strategies environmental activists deploy to craft messages for increasing membership and public support. Prerequisite: ENL major/minor or permission of instructor. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Management (MGT) 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Multiple sections and instructors: see COIN

3 credits. The highlights of law school in one semester, plus highlights of sustainable business. Topics related to sustainability include: corporations, law-making, how agencies regulate, and how liability is established when people are hurt. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and declared Sustainability Studies minor. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Marine Science (MAR) 110 ● Natural Hazards and the Ocean

Professor Wendell Brown ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. Natural Hazards & the Ocean is intended to educate students about the roles of the oceans in such natural hazards as hurricanes, earthquakes, global warming, and tsunamis. The course will address student curiosity about these ocean-related hazards, by presenting a conceptual understanding of the relevant underlying ocean-atmosphere, and earth mediated mechanisms. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Mechanical Engineering (MNE) 422 ● Energy Conversion

Professor Sankha Bhowmick ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. An introduction to various energy resources, followed by a description of the use of chemical potential energy, nuclear energy and solar energy, the analysis and design criteria for various energy conversion devices, such as generators, transformers, motors, power distribution systems, solar cells, and so on. Understanding of working principles and essential design conditions is emphasized. Prerequisite: MNE 332. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Physics (PHY) 162 ● Science, Technology, & Society II: The Environment

Professor John Silva ● MWF 12:00-12:50 PM

3 credits. This course studies current environmental issues and their relations to technological choices. For example, air and water quality are examined in relation to the use of various renewable and non-renewable energy resources. The course is non-mathematical. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Physics (PHY) 171 ● Planet Earth I

Professor John Silva ● TuTh 3:30-4:45

3 credits. A course for non-science majors covering Earth's origin and history; composition and structure of its interior, crust, oceans, and atmosphere; plate tectonics and sea floor spreading; seismology, vulcanism and earthquakes; Earth's magnetism; forces shaping Earth's surface, faults and folds, erosion, sedimentation and weathering; and Earth's materials, such as soil, minerals and ores, and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Political Science (PSC) 313 ● Urban Politics

Professor David Prentiss ● Monday 5:00-7:30

3 credits. An examination of the challenges of addressing issues and getting things done in an urban context. Topics include the dynamics of city politics, policing practices and the nature of the criminal justice system, business environment and strategies for economic development, and public education reform. The course will have a strong focus on the practical politics and real-life experiences of dealing with these issues. Prerequisites: PSC 101 or junior standing or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 381 ● Topics in International Relations: Arctic Policy

Professor Melissa Freitag ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. Arctic Policy will present students with an introduction to realities in the Arctic in an age of rapid climate change.  Students will explore and examine the warming Arctic region and its still-developing public policy in an interdisciplinary manner, from polar bears, melting ice and indigenous peoples, to the Arctic Council, ICBMs, and nuclear submarines.  The course will begin with an introduction to the geography and peoples of the region, and then focus upon multi-disciplinary US policy, international organization and cooperation, security studies, maritime/marine issues, and the environment. Note: PSC 381 may be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Perequisite: Junior standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 211 ● Thinking through Writing in Sociology and Anthropology: Environmental Justice

Professor Lisa Maya Knauer ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. This class sharpens students' critical reading, research and writing skills through an introduction to theories of, and movements for, environmental justice. We will use historical and cross cultural perspectives to examine how environmental inequalities have affected communities across the globe, and those communities’ responses. Readings will highlight the voices and experiences of peoples affected by environmental injustices. This class fulfills university studies Intermediate Writing requirements, so students will be exposed to several kinds of writing assignments in the social sciences. Prerequisite: SOA major or permission of instructor. University Studies: 1C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 381 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Yale Magrass ● MWF 2:00-2:50

3 credits. It would almost impossible to deny that science and its close cousin, technology, are among the most powerful forces shaping modern social life. The word science itself means knowledge and indeed much of modern Western culture virtually equates science with truth. Closely akin to science is technology. Almost all the conveniences of modern life can be attributed to technology, at least in part; however, this same technology has also scattered families and communities, displaced people, concentrated enormous control into relatively few hands, produced weapons of mass destruction, and may destroy the very natural environment upon which life depends. By examining some of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and technology, the students can assess their role in government, business, and society. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 386 ● Sustainability in Action

Professor Rachel Kulick ● TuTh 11:00-12:15

3 credits. This course centers on the frequently used terms "sustainability" and "resiliency" to explore how individuals, groups, and larger communities are actively attempting to create more ecologically, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable systems.  We will pay special attention to the ways that groups attempt to foster justice, equity, and respect for diverse cultures in their everyday practices.  We will look to a variety of media to critically examine expressions of sustainable practices across a wide spectrum including permaculture, urban farming, transition town initiatives, gift economies, and localist movements.  Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANT 111 or SOC 113 or ANT 113 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 420 ● Senior Seminar: Commodities & Colonialism

Professor Lisa Maya Knauer ● Tuesday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. Prerequisite: SOA major or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Urban Studies (URB) 201 ● City Life: Introduction to Urban Studies

Professor Maria Gloria de Sa ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. This course will introduce you to the ways in which scholars and activists from a range of different disciplines investigate the history, culture and social dynamics of American cities.  We will engage with key debates about how to foster socially just access to resources, opportunities, and quality of life for all urban residents and how to help make our cities of the future environmentally and socially sustainable. It will also introduce you to UMass Dartmouth faculty from across the campus who are working on urban-related research. We will explore various facets of urban life and examine ways to promote the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of cities in our region as well as in wider national and global contexts. Prerequisite: ENL 101. University Studies: 4B. CAS: Humanities or Social Science (but not both). SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

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SUMMER 2017 COURSES

CAS  = College of Arts & Sciences Distribution Requirement; SUS = Sustainability Minor Content Area

Economics 337 ● Environmental Economics

Professor Sarah Cosgrove ● June 13-July 13, Online

3 credits. This course will study the fascinating and growing field of environmental and natural resource economics. All the topics covered (e.g., property rights and externalities, regulation and pollution control) will be examined as part of the general focus on the problem of economic growth in the presence of limited environmental and natural resources. We will employ the tools from basic microeconomic theory to study the relationship between the economy and the natural environment. Prerequisite: ECO 231. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Fine Arts 223 ● Nature Drawing I

Professor Andrew Nixon ● Maymester (May 22-June 5)

3 credits. An intensive two-week plein air painting and drawing course centered on the local south coast landscape. Most class time will be spent outdoors at the Slocum River Reserve near campus, and amid the surrounding rivers, hills and coastline of Dartmouth and Westport. Students will be introduced to a variety of approaches and media and encouraged to extend their drawing and painting studies through variations on a single subject. An important part of the course will be an examination of the role that working in the south coast has played in the careers of artists of the American landscape tradition, such as Martin Johnson Heade, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Fredrick Kensett. Field trips to the RISD Museum and the Newport Art Museum to examine artworks and their connection to place will also be an important part of the course. Reliable personal transportation each day is required. Prerequisites: None. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Fine Arts 224 ● Nature Drawing II

Professor Andrew Nixon ● Maymester (May 22-June 5)

3 credits. An intensive two-week plein air painting and drawing course centered on the local south coast landscape. Most class time will be spent outdoors at the Slocum River Reserve near campus, and amid the surrounding rivers, hills and coastline of Dartmouth and Westport. Students will be introduced to a variety of approaches and media and encouraged to extend their drawing and painting studies through variations on a single subject. An important part of the course will be an examination of the role that working in the south coast has played in the careers of artists of the American landscape tradition, such as Martin Johnson Heade, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Fredrick Kensett. Field trips to the RISD Museum and the Newport Art Museum to examine artworks and their connection to place will also be an important part of the course. Reliable personal transportation each day is required. Color media are used in Nature Drawing II. Prerequisites: None. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Political Science 315 ● Public Policy in America

Professor Shannon Jenkins ● June 13-July 13, Online

3 credits. The policy-making roles, processes, and dynamics of U.S. political institutions, including the federal bureaucracy, media, think tanks, and universities. Major theme and dynamics examined include: governmental secrecy, covert action, the role of scientific experts, and the right to privacy. Note: Students wishing to earn Sustainability credit for this course must “contract” with the instructor to apply the course assignments to sustainability-related issues. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or junior standing. CAS: Social science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science 347 ● Environmental Law

Professor Chad McGuire ● Maymester (May 22-June 5), Online

3 credits. Introduction to the concepts surrounding environmental law. Students explore the reasons, development, and implementation of environmental laws. Areas of focus include the following: using the law to consider environmental impacts before taking action; using the law to protect water and air quality; the law of land use; and global applications of legal frameworks to deal with large scale environmental problems like climate change. Prerequisite: Junior standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 334 ● Food, Feast & Famine

Professor Kathryn Caldera ● June 13-July 13, Online

3 credits. Throughout human evolution, knowledge about food gathering, food production, and food choices have been an inherent part of individual and cultural sustainability.  Food has always mediated cultural, political, and economic transactions. Paradoxically, while food production has increased dramatically in the last decades, the common citizen is largely ignorant about food systems. Furthermore, food insecurity remains a reality in both the industrialized and non-industrialized worlds. This course addresses these paradoxes as well as the role of food in both sustaining and undermining social and cultural identities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 350 ● Maritime Communities

Professor Stephen Cabral ● June 19-August 8

3 credits. This course will introduce students to an anthropological perspective of the New Bedford and Fairhaven waterfronts.  The class will investigate the culture history that links this seaport with Norway, Portugal, the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde islands.  Readings, seminars and field trips will explore the history of Yankee Whaling and the multicultural roots of the modern commercial fishing industry in Greater New Bedford.  Local fishermen and other authorities on the seafood industry will conduct workshops and site tours at various sites along the working waterfront. Prerequisite: SOA 101 or SOA 111 or SOA 113. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 381 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Jean Robertson ● July 18-August 16, Online

3 credits. It would almost impossible to deny that science and its close cousin, technology, are among the most powerful forces shaping modern social life. The word science itself means knowledge and indeed much of modern Western culture virtually equates science with truth. Closely akin to science is technology. Almost all the conveniences of modern life can be attributed to technology, at least in part; however, this same technology has also scattered families and communities, displaced people, concentrated enormous control into relatively few hands, produced weapons of mass destruction, and may destroy the very natural environment upon which life depends. By examining some of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and technology, the students can assess their role in government, business, and society. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

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SPRING 2017 COURSES

CAS  = College of Arts & Sciences Distribution Requirement; SUS = Sustainability Minor Content Area

 

Sustainability (SUS) 101 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Robert Golder ● TuTh 2:00-3:15 (Section 01)

Professor Lydia Silva ● TuTh 12:30-1:45 (Section 02)

Professor Jerrold Blitefield ● TuTh 11:00-12:15 (Section 03)

3 credits. Fundamental principles of sustainability. The goal is to provide a larger context for topics covered in sustainability courses. Topics covered include: What is Sustainability?, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, Systems Thinking/Systems Analysis, "Natural" Systems and Function, Human Interactions with Natural Systems, Ethics, and Values. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4A or 4C. CAS: Social Science

 

Bioengineering (BNG) 162 ● Designing a Healthier Planet and its People

Professor Prathyushakrishna Macha ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. An overview of important areas of bioengineering with a focus on how design can benefit all biological systems spanning from the environment and our planet, to the humans that populate the planet. Topics include how chemistry can help improve energy sources and help decrease the effect of human activities on the environment, how engineering design can improve the health and well-being of humans, and how government agencies work to regulate these activities in the U.S. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 314 ● General Ecology

Professor Nancy O’Connor ● MWF 10:00-10:50 + Wednesday 2:00-4:45

4 credits. The principles and practices of the scientific discipline of ecology. Interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment will be emphasized. Interactions will be described and analyzed at the organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels. In the laboratory, students will use hypothesis-testing and experimentation to examine theoretical and empirical aspects of ecology. Prerequisites: This course is restricted to Biology majors who have completed BIO 121, 122, 210, and 234. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 402 ● Community Ecology

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. Community ecology seeks to explain patterns in biodiversity: how many species, and which species, are found in a given environment.  Explaining these patterns requires an understanding of how pairs of species interact with each other, how those pairwise interactions scale up to structure larger groups of species, and how species pairs and groups respond to the physical environment.  This course will address these questions by exploring conceptual frameworks of communities, mathematical models, foundational publications in the field, and current research. Prerequisites: This course is restricted to Biology majors who have completed BIO 121, 122, 210, and 234. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 304 ● Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Professor Amir Taghavy ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. Introduction to the sanitary engineering field. The environmental problems of urbanization and the natural cycle of water are discussed. Elementary hydrology, physical, chemical and biological principles of the treatment of water and wastewater are covered. Municipal services such as water mains, sanitary sewers and storm water drainage, layout and operation of purification and treatment works are studied in detail. In addition, state and federal regulatory standards are introduced and discussed. Prerequisites: CEN 303 and CHM 152; or permission of instructor. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 325 ● Water Resources Engineering

Professor Neil Fennessey ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. Elementary surface and groundwater hydrology, pressure flow and open channel flow fundamentals. Topics include basic probability and statistics with a water resources emphasis, watershed based and site drainage concepts, natural and constructed open channel systems, reservoir routing and design, analysis and management issues. Also covered are the analysis and design of pressure flow systems, dam spillways, energy dissipaters and stilling basins. An integrated, systems analyses approach to water resources engineering is emphasized. Prerequisite: CEN 303. Corequisite: CEN 313. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 430 ● Topics in CEN: Atmosphere & Environment

Professor Amit Tandon ● TuTh 6:30-7:45

3 credits. Understanding the weather and climate requires quantitative understanding of the dynamics that govern the atmosphere at global scales. This course is about the science and dynamics of the atmosphere around us. What is the structure of the atmosphere: vertically, meridionally, and what makes it change on slow and fast time scales? What makes this course special is linking the scientific concepts with in-class demonstrations. These will be connected to observations. Prerequisite: MTH 213 or MTH 211 or equivalent. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Economics (ECO) 107 ● Economics of Pollution

Professor Randall Hall ● MWF 9:00-9:50 (Section 01) or MWF 3:00-3:50 (Section 02)

3 credits. Pollution is a basic problem faced by all societies and cultures and the response or lack of response to this problem will certainly shape societies globally.  Because of their inherent externalities, pollution problems can seldom be solved by one nation acting on their own. Through our course’s theories, news articles, and in-class games and simulations, students will discover that the problems and solutions of environmental economics are often best addressed through the lens of the world as a whole. Students will discuss and debate different national, social, and cultural perspectives on pollution and the global environment, and examine the potential role they have as members of a global society. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Economics (ECO) 461 ● Urban Economics

Professor Sarah Cosgrove ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. Urban economics is the study of the why and where households and firms choose to locate and the issues that result from these decisions. In this course, we will learn why cities exist and why firms tend to locate near each other. We will also investigate the economics of cities including their sizes, growth patterns, and land-use patterns. Other key topics of discussion will be transportation, crime, and housing in cities. Prerequisite: ECO 231 & 232, or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy. Note: This course must be "contracted" for Sustainability credit via agreement with the instructor.

 

Management (MGT) 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Multiple sections and instructors: See COIN

3 credits. The highlights of law school in one semester, plus highlights of sustainable business. Topics related to sustainability include: corporations, law-making, how agencies regulate, and how liability is established when people are hurt. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and declared Sustainability Studies minor. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Marine Science (MAR) 115 ● Introduction to Climate Sciences

Professor Avijit Gangopadhyay ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. As part of this course, students will explore a variety of topics, including the effects of acid rain, the greenhouse effect as related to carbon footprint (e.g., the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels based on human activity), how warmer air and surface temperatures (brought on by climate change) impact corals and alter coral reef environments, and how global sea level rise might affect our coastal megacities. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Mechanical Engineering (MNE) 490-01 ● Special Topics: Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

Professor Mehdi Raessi ● MW 3:00-4:15

3 credits. Surface waves; wave modification; basic and advanced wave energy conversion techniques; energy conversion, transmission, and storage; environmental and mooring considerations. Prerequisites: MNE 332 and EGR 301. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Mechanical Engineering (MNE) 490-04 ● Atmosphere & Environment

Professor Amit Tandon ● TuTh 6:30-7:45

3 credits. Understanding the weather and climate requires quantitative understanding of the dynamics that govern the atmosphere at global scales. This course is about the science and dynamics of the atmosphere around us. What is the structure of the atmosphere: vertically, meridionally, and what makes it change on slow and fast time scales? What makes this course special is linking the scientific concepts with in-class demonstrations. These will be connected to observations. Prerequisite: MTH 213 or MTH 211 or equivalent. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Philosophy (PHL) 307 ● Ecofeminism:  Theory & Practice

Professor Catherine Gardner ● Tuesday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. Study of ecofeminism as systems of oppressions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity that stem from a cultural ideology that enables the oppression of nature. The course explores ecofeminist theories, literature, and practice, including ecofeminist ethics, and the applications of ecofeminism to the lives of individual men and women, as well as cultural institutions and organizations. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Philosophy (PHL) 341 ● Philosophy of the Good Life

Professor Jennifer Mulnix ● ONLINE

3 credits. Exploration of the nature of the good life. This course surveys historical and contemporary concepts of well-being as well as how these concepts relate to theories of happiness and theories of morality. The relationship between well-being and political and economic policy will also be examined from both a philosophical and scientific perspective. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Physics (PHY) 162 ● Science, Technology, & Society: The Environment

Professor John Silva ● MWF 1:00-1:50

3 credits. This course studies current environmental issues and their relations to technological choices. For example, air and water quality are examined in relation to the use of various renewable and non-renewable energy resources. The course is non-mathematical. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2B. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Political Science (PSC) 313 ● Urban Politics

Professor David Prentiss ● ONLINE

3 credits. An examination of the challenges of addressing issues and getting things done in an urban context. Topics include the dynamics of city politics, policing practices and the nature of the criminal justice system, business environment and strategies for economic development, and public education reform. The course will have a strong focus on the practical politics and real-life experiences of dealing with these issues. Prerequisites: PSC 101 or junior standing or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 381 ● Topics in International Relations: The Politics of Animals

Professor Robert Darst ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

3 credits. The Earth's 7.5 billion humans coexist with 20 billion billion other animals. Most of these are members of wild species, but even domesticated animals dwarf the human population: the number of chickens alone exceeds 20 billion. Our fellow Earthlings intersect with our lives and politics in widely divergent ways: some we keep as pets, and some we keep in captivity; some we venerate, and some we eat; some we seek to exterminate, and some we seek to protect. In this course, we will examine the political conflicts that arise from our relationships with other animals. Cases will include the protection of endangered species, whaling, pest eradication, feral animals, animal captivity, genetic engineering, and meat consumption. You will select one species for closer examination, and at the end of the semester you will share your findings with the class. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 338 ● Population, Environment and  Culture

Professor Jacob Oni ● ONLINE

3 credits. Explores vital events in human life such as when and who we marry and sometimes divorce, how we pace and stop childbearing, and why and when we die. Fundamental questions include how the adoption of agriculture, changing patterns of disease, industrialization, urbanization, and international migration have shaped the human lifespan, fertility and health. The course will also examine the impact of consumption on environmental degradation and different paths to sustainability. Prerequisite: SOA 101 or SOA 111 or SOA 113 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 381 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Yale Magrass ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. It would almost impossible to deny that science and its close cousin, technology, are among the most powerful forces shaping modern social life. The word science itself means knowledge and indeed much of modern Western culture virtually equates science with truth. Closely akin to science is technology. Almost all the conveniences of modern life can be attributed to technology, at least in part; however, this same technology has also scattered families and communities, displaced people, concentrated enormous control into relatively few hands, produced weapons of mass destruction, and may destroy the very natural environment upon which life depends. By examining some of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and technology, the students can assess their role in government, business, and society. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 367 ● Culture, Power, and Inequality in a Globalized World

Professor Lisa Knauer ● TuTh 2:00-4:30

3 credits. An exploration of anthropological approaches to globalization, and what globalization means for the future of anthropology. We start with definitions of and theories about globalization, touch upon "the globalization debates," and then turn to case studies of key issues such as gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora, the globalization of culture, the power of commodities, and political activism. Throughout, we will pay close attention to questions of power and inequality, seeing how the impact of globalization is shaped by race, nationality, class, gender and other vectors of difference. Prerequisites: SOA 101 or SOA 111 or SOA 113. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 350 ● Population, Environment and  Culture

Professor Jacob Oni ● ONLINE

3 credits. Explores vital events in human life such as when and who we marry and sometimes divorce, how we pace and stop childbearing, and why and when we die. Fundamental questions include how the adoption of agriculture, changing patterns of disease, industrialization, urbanization, and international migration have shaped the human lifespan, fertility and health. The course will also examine the impact of consumption on environmental degradation and different paths to sustainability. Prerequisite: SUS 101 or SUS 201 or SUS 202. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Urban Studies 201 ● City Life: Introduction to Urban Studies

Professor Mark Santow ● TuTh 12:30-1:45

3 credits. This course will introduce you to the ways in which scholars and activists from a range of different disciplines investigate the history, culture and social dynamics of American cities.  We will engage with key debates about how to foster socially just access to resources, opportunities, and quality of life for all urban residents and how to help make our cities of the future environmentally and socially sustainable. It will also introduce you to UMass Dartmouth faculty from across the campus who are working on urban-related research. We will explore various facets of urban life and examine ways to promote the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of cities in our region as well as in wider national and global contexts. Prerequisite: ENL 101. University Studies: 4B. CAS: Humanities or Social Science (but not both). SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Women's & Gender Studies (WGS) 307 ● Ecofeminism:  Theory & Practice

Professor Catherine Gardner ● Tuesday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. Study of ecofeminism as systems of oppressions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity that stem from a cultural ideology that enables the oppression of nature. The course explores ecofeminist theories, literature, and practice, including ecofeminist ethics, and the applications of ecofeminism to the lives of individual men and women, as well as cultural institutions and organizations. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

 

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