People, Place and Policy

We are dedicated to teaching courses that prepare our students to be part of the workforce that will address these issues. We invite you to browse (and enroll – if you’re a student!) the courses our CLEAN EARTH team provides.

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  • ANTH 1010E: Climate Change and Global Society (Dr. Shoreman-Ouimet)

Description: A multidisciplinary examination of the nature, anthropogenic drivers, range of expressions, and impacts of contemporary and future global climate change as well as cultural understandings of this significant environmental process and diverse human responses to it. 

  • ANTH 3340E: Culture and Conservation (Dr. Shoreman-Ouimet)

Description: Culture and Conservation is an rigorous course investigating the ways in which innovative and intensive new interdisciplinary approaches, questions, ethics and subject pools are closing the gap between the study of culture and the implementation of environmental conservation initiatives around the world. The course emphasizes the importance of increased collaboration between anthropologists, climate scientists, Connecticut communities and conservationists and represents an ongoing shift towards an environmentally focused perspective that embraces not only cultural values and social equity, but also the underlying urgency of local level sustainability initiatives.

  • ANTH 5317: Environmental Anthropology (Dr. Shoreman-Ouimet)

Description: Examines the theories and methods of environmental anthropology and its application to contemporary human-environmental problems including climate change, environmental degradation, and environmental injustice.

  • GEOG 2320E. Climate Change: Current Geographic Issues. (Dr. Anji Seth)

Description: The science, impacts, and politics of climate change from a geographic perspective. Examination of physical mechanisms, extreme weather events, impacts on water, food and energy systems, impacts on polar regions, energy strategies and solutions, policy and negotiations, and mitigation and adaptation strategies.

  • GEOG 2350E. Geography of Energy for Sustainability (Dr. Nathaniel Trumbull)

Description: Introduction to energy solutions for global sustainability. Topics may include the geographic context of global and local energy use, energy transition, renewable energy, solar, offshore wind, and energy justice.

  • GEOG 2400E. Introduction to Sustainable Cities (Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo)

Description: Pathways to make cities more sustainable from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. Topics include sustainable transportation, renewable energy, recycling of waste, and green infrastructure in contemporary metropolitan areas in developed and developing nations.

  • GEOG 3320W. Environmental Evaluation and Assessment (Dr. Nathaniel Trumbull)

Description: Concepts and methods of environmental analysis in contemporary geography. Emphasis on the ecological impact of human activities and on the evaluation and assessment of existing and future environments.

  • GEOG 3340. Environmental Planning and Management (Dr. Nathaniel Trumbull)

Description: The basic elements of the conflict between human environments and natural systems are considered, along with the methods of analysis and resolution of problems caused by that conflict. Emphasis on public policy related to environmental issues.

  • GEOG 3400. Climate and Weather (Dr. Anji Seth)

Description: Analysis of atmospheric processes giving rise to weather systems and climatic patterns. The dynamic integration of atmospheric systems is emphasized.

  • GEOG 4300/5300. Classic Papers in Climate Science (Dr. Anji Seth)

Description: An examination of the defining primary literature in the evolution of climate science to the present state of knowledge. Topics may include the Greenhouse Theory of Climate, El Niño, Climate Prediction, and regional processes of interest (e.g., monsoons, storm tracks, desert dynamics).

  • GEOG 5540. Social Dimensions of Renewable Energy (Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo)

Description: Geographic concepts and methodological tools guiding decision-making between potential energy futures. Spatial patterns of economic and social activity in the transition to low carbon energy.

  • POLS 3208 Politics of Oil (Dr. Oksan Bayulgen)

Description: Historical and contemporary role of oil in comparative politics and international relations.

  • POLS/HRTS/ENGR 3209 Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century (Dr. Oksan Bayulgen)

Description: Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.