Environmentalism and Ecocriticism—The Cultural History of Trees. This seminar will examine tree as they function in human technological practices, in our culture, and as source of food. We will study how trees figure in current debates about the environment, including tree structure and forest composition, trees and the law, arguments about plant intelligence, and sustainable food production in an era of environmental degradation. Not content with just reading about trees, we will also do some harvesting.
Currently the course works with international leaders in different species conservation and protection. Member of the class work directly with leaders in the field of species conservation focused on their study species and those who work with them. For example we are working on an on campus fox rabies vaccination biscuit distribution system and working with behavior biologists, and facilities managers of the area where foxes were found.
Can design help more people productively engage with scientific and technological controversies? Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that examines such controversies (i.e. smart cities, artificial intelligence, health informatics, and climate change) as well as their entanglements with everyday places and practices. The sensibilities and methodologies of STS, such as actor-network theory, situated knowledges, and sociotechnical imaginaries, will be our starting points for thinking differently about design and for designing different things.
The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to promote peace, end poverty, and protect the planet. Building resilient Infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable Industrialization, and fostering Innovation are the themes for UN SDG9. The UN SDG16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and building inclusive institutions at all levels. This VIP class integrates SDG 9 and 16 through a Peace Engineering framework.
This course is an exploration of social and environmental sustainability in Modern Iran with a focus on Iranian women changemakers. The course is fully remote with only one synchronous session each week. Taught in Persian. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with different initiatives and work on projects focused on social and cultural sustainability on campus. Assignments will allow students to work in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to sustainability efforts.
This course is an exploration of questions and themes in cultural sociology with a focus on the Middle East. The course is fully remote with one synchronous session each week. It fulfills non-U.S. requirement for HTS majors. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with different initiatives and work on projects focused on social and cultural sustainability on campus. Assignments will allow students to create cultural products in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to peacemaking efforts.
Social media has changed the ways we communicate about science (#SciComm), and this is especially true of the citizen scientists, ornithologists, and plain old enthusiasts who log on to talk about birds. In this remote asynchronous course, we will consider not only contemporary #BirdComm but also how these conversations have changed over the past 150 years.
The course is focused on the topic of social and spatial justice and equity planning. The course explores the inequalities in our planning theory and practice. The course highlights and engages in the key debates in the realm of planning and urban policy. We collectively study the problems of equity and justice in various substantive topics including education, job training, housing and criminal justice system. It encourages thinking of approaches to difficult issues.