Courses during the 2020-21 SU term
This course explores the ethical responsibilities of people who work to ameliorate environmental degradation as well as end oppression of human beings. Students explore the religious tenets of environmental justice movements internationally and in the United States. Course topics focus on Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, indigenous East African beliefs in Kenya, Catholic social teachings in the United States farmworkers’ movement, and black liberation theology in the United States movement against toxic waste dumping in politically marginalized communities. Finally, students gain understanding of the cultural symbols and negotiated relationships that are critical for successfully countering environmental degradation in complicated political contexts.General Education: WAC 2: Writing and Research in the Liberal ArtsGeneral Education: Humanities: Philosophical InquiryGeneral Education: CIV: Social Justice; CIV: Service Learning; CIV Environmental Justice
This course is an introduction to the major institutions and actors of the American political system, including parties, interest groups, and the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Attention is given to cultural, ideological, and economic contexts. The fundamental concepts of political science are applied to the structure of power and the policy-making process in America.General Education: Society and Human Behavior
In this course, students undertake individual and divergent readings in the humanities, committing a minimum of ten hours a week to exploration of issues basic to humanities study, such as the function of paradox, the purpose of liberal arts, the problems of self-representation, and the nature of freedom. This course may be repeated for credit under different topicsGeneral Education: Humanities: Literary Analysis