Graduate Courses

Environmental Studies Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Please note that the following lists only include descriptions of courses with the ENVS prefix. Graduate students may take classes in other programs and departments as well. Please consult the UO Class Schedule and the UO Catalog for other course options.



FALL 2013
WINTER 2014
SPRING 2014
SUMMER 2014


Fall 2013

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ENVS 511 Tribal Climate Change (4 cr) Course Flier Lynn
See Course Flier
ENVS 555 Sustainability What Is It? (4 cr) Walker
This course is about the evolution of the concept of sustainability and its complex and sometimes problematic uses among scholars, policy makers, environmentalist and businesses.
ENVS 610 Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies (4 cr) Wooten
Food is central to most aspects of human life. As academic interest in the realm of food studies has developed, it has become clear that there are key approaches and insights in disciplines across the social sciences, the humanities and the sciences. This course will introduce students to the wide ranging and inherently interdisciplinary “field” of food studies. Upon completion, students will have a working knowledge of and a foundational fluency with food studies scholarship writ large and will be able to see how their own focus fits within the larger field. The course will follow a seminar format and will involve in-depth reading and discussion of literature from a wide variety of perspectives. This course is a foundational element of the new interdisciplinary Food Studies Graduate Specialization Program. See course flyer.
ENVS 631 Theory and Practice (4 cr) Dennis
Introduction to various disciplinary perspectives that contribute to environmental studies, including their research methods, vocabularies, and core concepts.

Winter 2014

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Spring 2014

ENVS 607: Graduate Seminar in Political Ecology (4 cr) Course Flier Walker
Political ecology examines the politics—in the broadest sense of the word—of the environment.  Political ecology examines the historical role of political-economic systems, science, language and discourse, ideology, gender, property and resource access systems, and the everyday politics and culture of the community and the household in shaping human relationships with the environment. This year’s seminar examines the political ecology of environmental degradation and conservation in Africa; urban political ecology in the United States; fair trade and sustainability in Mexico; the broader questions of globalization and political-ecological marginalization; and the politicized nature of environmental science. This seminar is open only to graduate students, meaning that there will (usually) be no lecture by the professor: rather presentation, discussion, and analysis of readings will be lead by students, with ‘lead’ discussants chosen for each class period. In the 10-week term we will read eight books (see below) and students will write a ten-page term paper.

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