Courses for Spring 2015

  • Introduction to Environmental Social Science

    This course introduces students to core areas of theory and research in the environmental social sciences. It also challenges students to think carefully about what we learn and don’t learn when we apply different disciplinary lenses to interdisciplinary environmental challenges.
    ENVS 0495 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
  • Wild Literature in the Urban Landscape

    Combines deep study of ecological poetry, fiction, essays and other writing with service to schools in the community through exploration of local ecological challenges through both creative and more discursive expressions. The field-work or community component to this course will involve students in conducting workshops that combine literature and ecology in order to better elucidate and understand local issues related to, for one example, eco-industrial histories associated with Gorham Silver in Providence and the current state of Masphpaug Pond on the Reservoir Triangle, where a public high school, Alvarez, now sits on contaminated soil. Enrollment limited to 22 undergraduates. S/NC.
    ENVS 0520 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Benjamin
  • Environmental Issues in Development Economics

    Examines environmental issues in developing countries, including air and water pollution, land use change, energy use, and the extraction of natural resources. Uses microeconomic models of households and firms, linking household/firm decision-making on environmental issues to choices in labor, land, and product markets. Develops basic empirical techniques through exercises and a project. For readings, relies exclusively on recent research to illustrate the roles of econometrics and economic theory in confronting problems at the nexus of the environment, poverty, and economic development. Suggested background: ECON 1630, and ENVS 1350 or ECON 1480. Prerequisites: ECON 1110 or 1130; and ECON 1620.
    ENVS 1355 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
  • Environmental Law and Policy

    Introduces students to environmental law in the United States. Uses legal decisions and policy frameworks to consider the roles of non-/governmental actors in formation and implementation of environmental policy. Students will become familiar with major federal environmental laws and regulatory databases and see how legal precedent, differing understandings of risk and alternative regulatory and market-enlisting strategies have shaped solutions to environmental problems. Provides opportunity to apply legal skills to local environmental legislation or legal problem. Intermediate coursework in Environmental Studies, Political Science, Community Health, Urban Studies or other environmentally-related coursework is recommended. First year students need instructor permission.
    ENVS 1410 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
  • Marine Conservation Science and Policy

    Students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of ocean ecosystems and how humans are connected to them socially, economically, and ecologically. Integration of the scientific and human dimensions of marine conservation will be achieved through analysis of the current status, trends, and threats to ocean ecosystems, and the range of solutions to mediate these threats. This course is designed for advanced juniors, seniors and graduate students; participating students are expected to have background in at least one related field (e.g., biology, geosciences, sociology, economics, or political science) beyond the intermediate level. Suggested prerequisites include ENVS 0490, BIOL 0420 or 1470.
    ENVS 1455 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Leslie
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change in Rhode Island TRI-Lab Engaged Research

    The TRI- Lab (Teaching, Research, Impact) on Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Rhode Island will be taught by a team including two experts from the RI state Department of Health. It will investigate ways to reduce the climate change-related public health risks to vulnerable individuals in three targeted neighborhoods in Providence, and increase the capacities of these neighborhoods to respond to climate change threats. Content topics to be covered include: projected climate change impacts in RI; public health risk assessment; risk outreach and communications strategies; state and federal policies, design and evaluation of adaptive responses; community-based research methods.
    ENVS 1500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
  • Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems

    Urban agriculture and community gardens have a critical function in a small but increasing movement toward more localized and sustainable food economies. This class will explore research and readings from multiple disciplines on the role of urban agriculture in world development and sustainability practices. Further, we will explore current U.S. farm policy, labor practices, and institutions impacting agricultural systems. More importantly, students will learn organic practices and be involved in planning and developing local urban agriculture projects. Enrollment limited to 40. Instructor permission required. E-mail Prof. King to request override (Dawn_King@brown.edu).
    ENVS 1555 S01
    Primary Instructor
    King
  • Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems

    This course investigates current environmental impacts and risks related to urban infrastructure systems. Students analyze efforts to minimize negative environmental, health and economic impacts of the built environment. The course explores urban initiatives to increase sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure systems in anticipation of increased risks related to climate change. The goal is to learn the rationale, process and technical aspects of the practice of environmental stewardship and resilience planning in an urban context. Students will develop competence in technical analysis, policy analysis, and program implementation through case studies and systems analyses.
    ENVS 1580 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
  • Energy Policy and Politics

    From coal power to solar power, energy drives economies and increases quality of life world-wide. However, this same energy use can, and often does, lead to severe environmental destruction/pollution and global warming. This course serves as an introduction to energy policy in the United States and also explores global attempts to solve energy problems. This course examines different types of energy sources and uses, different ideological paths driving energy policy, the environmental impacts of energy use, current global and domestic attempts to solve energy problems, and the role of renewable and alternative forms of energy in future energy policy.
    ENVS 1925 S01
    Primary Instructor
    King
  • The Fate of the Coast: Land Use and Public Policy in an Era of Rising Seas

    For the last few decades, there has been a land-rush on the ocean coasts of the United States. Unfortunately, this swamps the coast at a time when sea levels are on the rise. In some places the rise is natural, in some places the rise is exacerbated by human activities and everywhere it is fueled by climate change. This course will examine the causes of sea level rise, the effects it produces on land, the steps people have taken to deal with these effects and their consequences, and possible remedies. Enrollment limited to 20. Preference given to juniors and seniors. WRIT
    ENVS 1929 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dean
  • Engaged Environmental Scholarship and Communication

    This upper level seminar will enable to students to place their research in the context of environmentally relevant policy and practice. Development of an environmentally-focused thesis or independent research project is a prerequisite. Students will hone practical professional skills, e.g. how to communicate scientific findings to the media and policy audiences; oral presentation skills, and tips on professional interactions. Required of all Brown Environmental Fellows (http://blogs.brown.edu/bef/), and open to others engaged in environmentally relevant projects from the natural and social sciences and humanities. Enrollment is limited to 15 seniors and graduate students, by application only (available Fall 2011). Instructor permission required. Contact Heather_Leslie@brown.edu for more information. WRIT
    ENVS 1965 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Leslie
  • Independent Study

    Second semester of individual analysis of environmental issues, required for all environmental studies concentrators. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 1971 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    ENVS 1971 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
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    ENVS 1971 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kulaots
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    ENVS 1971 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Prell
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    ENVS 1971 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 1971 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 1971 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Blume
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    ENVS 1971 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 1971 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hoover
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    ENVS 1971 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Rich
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    ENVS 1971 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Witman
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    ENVS 1971 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 1971 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Sax
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    ENVS 1971 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 1971 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Edwards
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    ENVS 1971 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Bertness
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    ENVS 1971 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Readey
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    ENVS 1971 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Boekelheide
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    ENVS 1971 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Dean
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    ENVS 1971 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    ENVS 1971 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    ENVS 1971 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Foster
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    ENVS 1971 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Murray
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    ENVS 1971 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Benjamin
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    ENVS 1971 S25
    Primary Instructor
    King
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    ENVS 1971 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Gruppuso
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    ENVS 1971 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    ENVS 1971 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Wellenius
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    ENVS 1971 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Neill
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    ENVS 1971 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Johnson
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    ENVS 1971 S31
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    ENVS 1971 S32
    Primary Instructor
    Leslie
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    ENVS 1971 S33
    Primary Instructor
    Carlson
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  • Reading and Research

    First semester of thesis research during which a thesis proposal is prepared. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    ENVS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
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    ENVS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ward
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    ENVS 2980 S04
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    ENVS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 2980 S07
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    ENVS 2980 S08
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    ENVS 2980 S09
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    ENVS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    ENVS 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Witman
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    ENVS 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Leslie
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    ENVS 2980 S17
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  • Reading and Research

    Second semester of thesis research. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 2981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    ENVS 2981 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
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    ENVS 2981 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Wason
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    ENVS 2981 S04
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    ENVS 2981 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 2981 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 2981 S07
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    ENVS 2981 S08
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    ENVS 2981 S09
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    ENVS 2981 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    ENVS 2981 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Witman
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    ENVS 2981 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 2981 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 2981 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 2981 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Leslie
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    ENVS 2981 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Rich
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    ENVS 2981 S17
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