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Theories & Reasoning


Description: 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.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: None

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