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Theories & Reasoning



The term Anthropocene is thrown around a lot these days, by journalists, activists,
scholars and others. The term suggests we are living in a recently distinguished
geological period in which the Earth’s geologic, atmospheric, and biologic features are no
longer governed by natural processes, but are shaped by humans. From Ebola and
melting ice caps to deforestation and genetically modified organisms in our food systems,
human-environment issues are becoming increasingly complex. But how can we
conceptualize these issues? How do we identify the relationships and processes that
shape such challenges? And if human activities are at the center of environmental
change, how can we think of ways for producing healthier environments and living
conditions? This course offers a response to these questions by exploring various
theories of nature-society relations and environmental change.





Course Syllabus

Course Professors

    Spring 2019

  1. Shwom, Rachael
  2. Fall 2018

  3. Shwom, Rachael
  4. Spring 2018

  5. Hausermann, Heidi
  6. Fall 2017

  7. Shwom, Rachael
  8. Spring 2017

  9. Shwom, Rachael
  10. Fall 2016

  11. Hausermann, Heidi
  12. Fall 2015

  13. Hausermann, Heidi
  14. Spring 2015

  15. Hausermann, Heidi
  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Human Ecology