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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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WINTER 2017 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.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 334 ● Food, Feast, and Famine

Professor Kathryn Caldera ● Online

3 credits. A look at ancient and modern food production and its environmental impact. Diet and nutrition; population pressure and hunger; the politics of food; and, modern food processing and its implications are all subjects of study. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

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FALL 2016 COURSES

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

Note: For courses marked with an asterisk (*), students wishing to earn credit toward the minor must agree to choose sustainability-related topics for the course assignments, where appropriate, in consultation with the instructor.

 

Sustainability 101 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Jerry Blitefield ● MWF 2:00-2:50 (Section 01)

Professor Robert Golden ● TuTh 11:00-12:15 (Section 02)

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.

 

Biology 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 143 ● Ecology and Environmental Issues

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● MWF 12:00-12:50

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.

 

Chemistry 130 ● Chemistry and the Environment

Professor Smita Bala ● MWF 1:00-1:50 or MWF 3:00-3:50

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 (Section 01) or MWF 2:00-2:50 (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.

 

Engineering 303 ● Engineering Economics

Professor Farhad Azadivar ● 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. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

History 314 ● History of Urban America*

Professor Mark Santow ● TuTh 11:00-12:15

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 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Professor William Camara ● TuTh 3:30-4:45 (Section 01)

Professor Joseph Accetturo ● Tuesday 6:30-9:30 (Section 02) or Thursday 6:30-9:30 (Section 03)

Professor Michael Levinson ● MWF 1:00-1:50 (Section 04/05H)

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.

 

Mechanical Engineering 437 ● Fuel Cells

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

3 credits. Fundamental engineering principles of fuel cells. Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Charge and Mass Transport associated with fuel cells will be developed. Characteristics performance evaluation of fuel cells will be discussed. This will be followed by analysis of various types of fuel cells. Prerequisite: MNE 220. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Physics 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 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 312 ● Massachusetts Politics*

Professor Shannon Jenkins ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. State governments play an active and important role in setting public policy in the United States.  States are leaders in innovation and hotbeds for reforms and have primary responsibility for many policies that directly affect our day to day lives. The state of Massachusetts is no exception, having led the nation in adoption of policies such as gay marriage, solar power promotion, and health care reform. This course examines Massachusetts politics and policy through the study of the political history and institutions of the state, the interactions of these institutions with interest groups, political parties, the public and the media, and the policies that government produces. Additionally, students will complete a service-learning project to help them understand contemporary public policy issues in Massachusetts; they will then propose solutions to these project in a legislative simulation at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: PSC 101 or junior standing or permission of instructor. University Studies: 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science 313 ● Urban Politics

Professor David Prentiss ● TuTh 8:00-9:15

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.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 338/Sustainability 350 ● Population, Environment & Culture

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

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. Prerequisites: SOA 101, 111, or 113 (for SOA 338) or SUS 101 or 202 (for SUS 350). CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 344 ● Cultures of Memory*

Professor Andrea Klimt ● TuTh 9:30-10:45 (Section 01) or TuTh 11:00-12:15 (Section 02)

3 credits. By closely examining key debates about how people collectively remember – or forget – aspects of their shared past, we will develop an understanding of why the forging of a collective memory of the past is so often at the center of intense struggles over power, identity and social visibility in the present.  By the end of the semester, you will never walk past a monument, visit a museum, read a history book, leaf through a photo album, pass through certain corners of the natural environment, or listen to a family story without wondering about why some versions of the past are prominently celebrated, while others have been silenced and forgotten. Through a series of case studies and your own primary research, we are going to explore how and why our collective memories of the past are continually created and re-created over time. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Sociology & Anthropology 350/Sustainability 350 ● Sustainable Cities

Professor Rachel Kulick ● Wednesday 3:00-5:30

3 credits. This course will explore the widely used term “sustainability” and how it is being applied to identify and address ecological, equity, social, and cultural issues in urban environments.  We will assume a multidisciplinary lens to investigate the dilemmas that cities face in moving towards ecological integrity.  We will pay close attention to sustainable systems and how socioeconomic factors such as disenfranchisement, corporate power, and environmental policies inform these dilemmas.  We will look at case studies from around the world to explore topics ranging from the challenges (climate related natural disasters, water crises, food deserts, excessive carbon emissions, etc.) to just solutions (carbon descent plans, spatial justice initiatives, urban gardens, dumpster diving, and the list goes on). We will also work on a hands-on urban sustainability project. Prerequisites: SOA 101, 111, or 113 (for SOA 338) or SUS 101 or 202 (for SUS 350). University Studies: 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Urban Studies 201 ● City Life: Introduction to Urban Studies

Professor Andrea Klimt ● TuTh 2:00-3:15

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.

 

SUMMER 2016 COURSES

Fine Arts 223 ● Nature Drawing I

Professor Andrew Nixon ● May 23-June 6, MTWTF 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

3 credits. Introduction to various methods and materials used to draw from nature. Students work from direct observation of flowers, plants, natural forms and animate objects. Students study form, space, perspective and composition. Various modes of perception, representation and expression are studied and explored. Black and white media are used in Nature Drawing I. Prerequisites: None. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Fine Arts 224 ● Nature Drawing II

Professor Andrew Nixon ● May 23-June 6, MTWTF 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

3 credits. Introduction to various methods and materials used to draw from nature. Students work from direct observation of flowers, plants, natural forms and animate objects. Students study form, space, perspective and composition. Various modes of perception, representation and expression are studied and explored. Color media are used in Nature Drawing II. Prerequisites: None. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Political Science 347 ● Environmental Law

Professor Chad McGuire ● May 23-June 10, 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 ● May 23-June 10, 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.

 

SPRING 2016 COURSES

SUS = Sustainability minor content area; CAS = College of Arts & Sciences distribution requirement

The requirement to take at least one course in each of the three content areas (Natural Sciences/Economy, Society & Policy/Arts, Thought & Media) applies ONLY to students who entered UMass Dartmouth in Fall 2014 or later.

University Studies: Several of the courses listed below have been or will be put forward for University Studies designations in advance of preregistration for the Spring semester. The list will be updated as these applications are approved.

 

Sustainability (SUS) 101 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Jerry Blitefield ● TuTh 2:00-3:15 (Section 01)

Professor Lydia Silva ● MWF 10:00-10:50 (Section 02)

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) 350 ● Special Topics in Sustainability: Environmental Communication

Professor Jerry Blitefield TuTh 11:00-12:15 

3 credits. Increasingly, all things environmental are becoming newsworthy, and as such, will need those who can effectively communicate about them. From journalism to activism, this course takes a wide view of environmental communication and studies it through a rhetorical lens. Though our focus will be on environmental communication, most of the concepts we’ll explore apply to effective public communication, generally. While we will be studying how environmental communication works, we will also be learning how to work environmental communication. Prerequisite: SUS 101 or 202, and one 200-level writing course. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media. SUS 350 may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

 

Art History (ARH) 322-01 ● Art of the City

Professor Anna Dempsey ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

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.

 

Bioengineering (BNG) 162-01 ● Designing a Healthier Planet and its People

Professor Jacob Palmer ● 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) 314-01 ● 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) 471-01 ● Marine Microbiology

Professor Pia Moisander ● TuTh 12:30-1:45 + Tu 2:00-4:45

4 credits. This course is on the ecology, physiology, diversity, and interactions of autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms in the marine environment.  The focus is on the roles of marine bacteria, archaea, and viruses in marine elemental cycles, and how their community composition and various activities respond to the global change. Genomic adaptations in marine microbes linked to changing environmental conditions, including the oxygen minimum zones and ocean acidification, will be discussed. Animal-microbe symbioses and microbial diseases carried by and affecting marine organisms will also be covered. Microbiological and molecular methods will be applied in the labs in the context of these and other marine microbiology questions. Prerequisites: This course is restricted to Biology majors who have completed BIO 121, 122, 210, and 234. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 499-01 ● Capstone Research: Environmental Impacts on Development

Professor Whitney Hable ● TuTh Tu 2:00-5:00

3 credits. This capstone section will take an experimental approach to explore the role the environment plays in the development of intertidal rockweeds. An introduction to normal development of the algae will be provided through lecture, literature discussions, and observations in the lab.  Based on this background, students will develop and test their own hypotheses ranging from the normal role the environment plays in early development to investigating the effects of waste products that find their way to the rocky shores, where the algae reside. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, senior standing, and at least 6 credits of 300-400 BIO classes. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 304-01 ● Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Staff ● 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: CHM 152 and CEN 303. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 325-01 ● Water Resources Engineering

Professor Neil Fennessey ● MWF 10:00-10:50

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.

 

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) 360-01 ● Cost-Benefit Analysis

Professor Devon Lynch ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. Market failures are widespread in societies, resulting in the non-provision of some goods and services deemed desirable to society. Additionally, firms often fail to take into account the negative effects of their actions on the society as a whole. In these situations, government intervention is deemed necessary. Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a tool used by government agencies to determine the effectiveness of public works projects. CBA is the application of economic, financial and quantitative reasoning tools to issues of resource allocation in public policy. It identifies, quantifies, and aggregates the positive and negative effects (the benefits and costs) associated with a public policy decision. The course will cover applications of CBA to crime, health care, education, transportation, the environment, and other public policies. Prerequisite: ECO 231 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

English (ENL) 357 Special Topics in Rhetoric: Environmental Communication

Professor Jerry Blitefield TuTh 11:00-12:15 

3 credits. Increasingly, all things environmental are becoming newsworthy, and as such, will need those who can effectively communicate about them. From journalism to activism, this course takes a wide view of environmental communication and studies it through a rhetorical lens. Though our focus will be on environmental communication, most of the concepts we’ll explore apply to effective public communication, generally. While we will be studying how environmental communication works, we will also be learning how to work environmental communication. Prerequisite: ENL 260 and ENL 257, or permission of instructor. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.
 

Marine Science 110 ● Natural Hazards and the Ocean

Professor James Bisagni ● 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.

 

Management (MGT) 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Staff ● MWF 9:00-9:50 (Section 01) or MWF 12:00-12:5 (Section 02) or TuTh 12:30-1:45 (Section 03) or Tuesday 6:30-9:30

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.

 

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) 490-02 ● Special Topics: Marine Hydrodynamics & Propulsion

Professor Geoffrey Cowles ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

3 credits. This course provides instruction, demonstration and exercises in the fundamentals of marine hydrodynamics and propulsion.  The primary focus of the course is the fundamental problem of estimating the resistance of ship and includes units on high speed vehicles and advanced computational methods.   The curriculum emphasizes application of these principles through classroom examples, homework content, and team-oriented computing projects.  Prerequisite: MNE 332 or equivalent. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

Philosophy (PHL) 341-01 Philosophy of the Good Life

Professor Jennifer Mulnix MWF 1:00-1:50

3 credits. What is it to live well? This course is designed to explore different responses to this question and to try to understand the nature of the good life. This course surveys historical and contemporary concepts of well-being, both individually and globally, as well as how these concepts relate to theories of happiness and theories of morality. We will also explore the relationship between these divergent theories of well-being and political, economic, and sustainability policy. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or permission of instructor. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Physics (PHY) 162-01 ● 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) 384-01 ● International Law & Organization

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

3 credits. The world today is plagued by a host of problems that are difficult to address without international cooperation: violent conflict, widespread human rights abuses, environmental degradation, infectious disease, and persistent poverty, to name but a few. Yet we live on a planet with no overarching world government capable of providing authoritative solutions to these problems, so international action is limited by the willingness of individual countries to cooperate with one another. We will explore the resulting patchwork quilt of international rules and organizations in the areas of international security, human rights, economic development, and environmental protection. Prerequisite: PSC 161, SUS 101, junior standing, or permission of instructor. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 334 ● Food, Feast & Famine

Professor Isabel Rodrigues ● TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM (Section 01) or TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM (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.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 381-01 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Yale Magrass ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

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.

 

 

WINTER 2016 COURSES 

SUS = Sustainability minor content area; CAS = College of Arts & Sciences distribution requirement

 

English 200-7102 ● Studies in Literature: Environmental Literature

Professor Anthony Arrigo ● Online

3 credits. In this course, we will examine a variety of texts in an attempt to understand how writers have expressed their views and concerns about the environment in which we live. We will explore different religious, economic, and political philosophies that have shaped and been shaped by various writers such as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and others, and the extent to which literary and cultural forms shape the ways in which people see and relate to nature and the environment. Prerequisite: ENL 102. University Studies: 3A. CAS: Literature. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Political Science 347-7101 ● 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.

 

Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) 334-7101 ● Food, Feast & Famine

Professor Isabel Rodrigues ● 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.

 

 

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