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Current and Upcoming Sustainability Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses

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FALL 2015 COURSES

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

 

Sustainability 101-01 ● Principles of Sustainability

Professor Robert Darst ● MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

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. No prior knowledge of anything is required! Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 4A or 4C. CAS: Social Science.

 

Sustainability 350-01 ● Special Topics in Sustainability: Environmental Policy

Professor Chad McGuire ● TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM

3 credits. Exploring the evolution of environmental policy in the United States from its historical roots to current issues. American Environmental Policy provides an intensive introduction to the history, evolution, and contemporary forms of environmental policy in the United States. The course focuses on key actors, institutions, processes, and events that have shaped the development of environmental policy over time. Major policy concepts related to the environment are introduced and students are exposed to forms of environmental policy analysis. The course is intended for upper-level undergraduate students who have some basic exposure to sustainability and environmental issues. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Art History 349-01 ● Architecture and Sustainability in American Post-Industrial Cities

Professor Pamela Karimi ● MWF 3:00-3:50

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 and students will have the opportunity to use local resources to advance their research. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 3B or 4B. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Biology 112-01 ● The Ocean Environment

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

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 143-01 ● Ecology and Environmental Issues

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● MWF 9:00-9:50 AM

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.

 

Engineering 303 Engineering Economy

Professor Jeffrey Beaudry TuTh 8:00-9:15

Professor Farzad 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: For students in the College of Engineering only. University Studies: 4B. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Fine Arts 223-01 ● Nature Drawing I

Instructor TBA ● MW 4:00-6:45, Star Store Campus

3 credits. In this class, you will learn to draw based on direct observation of flowers, plants, and other natural forms. Black and white media are used in Nature Drawing I. Prerequisite: None. SUS: Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Management 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business

Professor Richard Golen ● TuTh 8:00-9:15, TuTh 9:30-10:45, or TuTh 12:30-1:45

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 110-01 ● Natural Hazards and the Ocean

Instructor TBA ● 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. The students will be presented in lecture and through their readings about how the application of the scientific method (a) overturned historical Misunderstandings of Earth geology; (b) explains the far-reaching effects of ocean storm generated waves; (c) relates deep ocean earthquakes to tsunamis; and (d) relates how dust from the North African deserts is related to hurricane generation. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Natural Sciences.

 

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 162-01 ● 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 171-01 ● 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 385-01 ● The Politics of Global Climate Change

Professor Robert Darst ● MWF 2:00-2:50

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: None. University Studies: 4C. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Sociology/Anthropology 381-01 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Yale Magrass ● MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

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 386-01 ● Sustainability in Action

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

3 credits. This course centers on the frequently, and wildly 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.  In addition, there will be a hands on dimension through which the class will identify and work on a sustainable action project on campus. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANT 111 or SOC 113 or ANT 113 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

 

SUMMER 2015 COURSES

MAYMESTER: MAY 26-JUNE 12

Sociology/Anthropology 334-7101 ● Sociology of Food—Food, Feast & Famine

Professor Kathryn Caldera ● Maymester, 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.

 

Political Science 347-7101 ● Environmental Law

Professor Chad McGuire ● Maymester, 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.

 

SUMMER SESSION I: JUNE 16-JULY 15

Biology 143-7101 ● Ecology and Environmental Issues

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● Summer Session I, Online

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 130-8101 ● Chemistry and the Environment

Professor Brian Blanchette ● Summer Session I, TuWTh 6:00-9:00 PM

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.

 

English 200-7102 ● Studies in Literature: Environmental Literature

Professor Anthony Arrigo ● Summer Session I, 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.

 

Management 312-7107 ● Legal Framework of Business

Professor Adam Sulkowski ● Summer Session I, Online

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 business major or Sustainability minor. SUS: Economy, Society & Policy.

 

SUMMER SESSION II: JUNE 22-AUGUST 6

Sociology/Anthropology 381-7101 ● Social Impact of Science & Technology 

Professor Jean Robertson ● Summer Session II, 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. 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.

 

SUMMER SESSION III: JULY 21-AUGUST 19

Economics 337-7107 ● Environmental Economics

Professor Sarah Cosgrove ● Summer Session III, 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.

 

SPECIAL SUMMER COURSES: JUNE 15-JUNE 26

Fine Arts 223-8101 ● Nature Drawing I

Professor Andrew Nixon ● June 15-26, 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 224-8101 ● Nature Drawing II

Professor Andrew Nixon ● June 15-26, 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.

 

Spring 2015 Courses

Sustainability (SUS) 101-01 ● Principles of Sustainability (Spring 2015)

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

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) 450-01 ● Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies (Spring 2015)

Professor Marguerite Zarrillo ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. This course will run concurrently with Physics 419—see description below. No scientific knowledge is required. Prerequisites: Declaration of Sustainability Studies as a minor or Liberal Arts concentration. CAS: Social Science. Important note: There is a total 20-seat enrollment cap for SUS 450 + PHY 419 + CEN 419 (the prefix used by CEN students). Once total enrollment in all three sections reaches 20, further enrollment will be blocked, even if seats appear to be available in an individual section. 

 

Art History (ARH) 322-01 ● Art of the City (Spring 2015)

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. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Sustainability in the Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Artisanry (ATR) 379 ● Sustainable Textiles (Spring 2015)

Professor Deborah Carlson ● TuTh 12:30-3:15

3 credits. Green/sustainable textile topics. Studio component includes sustainable product development and natural dyes. Topics include issues around sustainable fashion, the global textile industry, and social justice in the arena of textile production, particularly in the developing world. THIS COURSE HAS NO PREREQUISITES FOR SUSTAINABILITY STUDENTS. Ask Professor Carlson (dcarlson2@umassd.edu) for a permission number that will allow you to override the formal prerequisites in COIN. SUS: Sustainability in the Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Bioengineering (BNG) 162-01 ● Designing a Healthier Planet and its People (Spring 2015)

Professor Qinguo Fan ● 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: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 314-01 ● General Ecology (Spring 2015)

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, 234, and 210. SUS: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Biology (BIO) 402-01 ● Community Ecology (Spring 2015)

Professor Tara Rajaniemi ● TuTh 9:30-10:45

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, 234, and 210. SUS: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 304-01 ● Introduction to Environmental Engineering (Spring 2015)

Professor Chen-Lu Yang ● TuTh 8:00-9:15

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: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEN) 325-01 ● Water Resources Engineering (Spring 2015)

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: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Economics (ECO) 492 ● Senior Seminar: Environmental Policy (Spring 2015)

Professor Devon Lynch ● MWF 9:00-9:50

3 credits. Environmental Policy will explore the decision-making process that underlies most of our current environmental laws, regulations, and other policy directives in the United States and internationally. Students will learn about the process of environmental decision-making from an approach that utilizes a total valuation technique in order to fully internalize the costs and benefits of policy directions on our environment and, thus, wellbeing. Core understandings of the science, economics, and value systems that impact environmental policy directions are necessary in order to become adept at utilizing a total valuation technique in understanding and analyzing environmental problems. Prerequisites: ECO 231 and 232 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Sustainability in Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Management (MGT) 312 ● The Legal Framework of Business (Spring 2015)

Professor Richard Golen ● TuTh 8:00-9:15 or TuTh 9:30-10:45 or TuTh 12:30-1:45

Professor Adam Sulkowski ● MWF 2:00-2:50

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: Sustainability in Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Marine Science (MAR) 105-7101 (online) Introductory Ocean Science (Spring 2015)

Professor Miles Sundermeyer Online

3 credits. 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. Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 2A. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Mechanical Engineering (MNE) 490-01 ● Special Topics: Ocean Wave Energy Conversion (Spring 2015)

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: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Philosophy (PHL) 307-01 ● Ecofeminism: Philosophy & Practice (Spring 2015)

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. Gen Ed: C or E. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Sustainability in the Arts, Thought & Media.

 

Physics (PHY) 162-01 ● Science, Technology, & Society: The Environment (Spring 2015)

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: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Physics (PHY) 172-01 ● Planet Earth II (Spring 2015)

Professor John Silva ● TuTh 3:30-4:45

3 credits. Topics include weathering, mass wasting, groundwater, dug and artesian wells, the hydrologic cycle, mountain development, structure of the ocean floor, shoreline features, coastlines, and the general characteristics of metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks. Students will also engage in weekly laboratory exercises that will produce data and information related to sustainability issues. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Natural Science. SUS: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Physics (PHY) 419-01 ● Advanced Traffic Engineering (Spring 2015)

Professor Marguerite Zarrillo ● MWF 9:00-9:50

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. No prerequisites for Sustainability students. No prior scientific knowledge is required. Ask Professor Zarrillo (mzarrillo@umassd.edu) for a permission number that will allow you to override the formal prerequisites in COIN. Important note: There is a total 20-seat enrollment cap for SUS 450 + PHY 419 + CEN 419 (the prefix used by CEN students). Once total enrollment in all three sections reaches 20, further enrollment will be blocked, even if seats appear to be available in an individual section. SUS: Sustainability in the Natural Sciences.

 

Political Science (PSC) 261-01 ● Topics in International Relations: Sustainability on Campus (Spring 2015)

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

3 credits. What does it mean to live “sustainably” in a world of limited resources and an increasingly overburdened natural environment? Although these are questions of great global importance, the answers begin at home. We will examine this challenge by exploring almost every corner of UMass Dartmouth and almost every aspect of its daily operations: transportation, power production, architecture, purchasing, landscaping, food services, and more.  What’s more, we will put our knowledge to work by participating in the formulation and implementation of sustainability initiatives on campus. No prior knowledge is necessary—the only requirements are curiosity and a pair of sensible shoes! Prerequisites: None. University Studies: 5B. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Sustainability in Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 400-01 ● Topics in American Politics & Policy: State & Local Public Policy (Spring 2015)

Professor Shannon Jenkins ● Wednesday 3:00-5:30

3 credits. This course is a study the role of state and local governments in making public policy.  Students will learn about the structure of state and local governments, the policymaking process and the nature of public policy in a number of substantive policy areas.  In addition, students will analyze and evaluate the policy outputs produced by these two levels of government.  As part of the course requirements, students will complete an applied policy analysis for the town of Dartmouth.  At the end of the semester, students should understand how to analyze public policies and the actions of governments and how to work to produce policy change. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or permission of instructor. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Sustainability in Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Political Science (PSC) 477-01 ● Topics in International Relations: Global Environmental Politics (Spring 2015)

Professor Robert Darst ● Tuesday 3:30-6:00

3 credits. As luck would have it, you were born into one of Earth's rare periods of abrupt climatic change. This development is impressive, to be sure, but not unique: global warming is but the latest chapter in humankind's ever-growing impact on the natural environment, joining a long list that includes the sixth great mass extinction of plant and animal species in Earth's history, the depletion of the planet's ozone layer, desertification, deforestation, toxic chemical contamination, and the creation of a vast continent of floating garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In this course, we will examine the ecological, socioeconomic, and geopolitical causes of transnational environmental problems and the causes of success and failure in efforts to address them. Prerequisites: None. CAS: Social Science. SUS: Sustainability in Economy, Society & Policy.

 

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) 307-01 ● Ecofeminism: Philosophy & Practice (Spring 2015)

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. Gen Ed: C or E. CAS: Humanities. SUS: Sustainability in the Arts, Thought & Media.

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