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Understanding Environmental Issues

New College Course - Offered Fall 1997

- as LOVE 201 -


Lovett and Baker Colleges are sponsoring a new College course to be offered in Fall semester 1997. This course will survey important environmental issues and will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of Rice Faculty and associates. Details are provided below.

The idea for this course (and a Spring semester sequel) arose as a result of conversations among members of an environmental discussion group which meets regularly at Baker College. The proposed course is organized around a series of topical modules, each of which is multidisciplinary in nature. Over a dozen Rice faculty or alumni are committed to participate in this course (1) as regular attendees (whereby we can maintain the broadest possible perspective in discussions) and (2) as organizers of the various modules.

Please forward any questions, comments, or suggestions to either Bill Leeman (Lovett College) or Arthur Few (Baker College).

Course Components

Course structure

The course will be directed by Bill Leeman and Arthur Few who will coordinate a multi-disciplinary group of faculty (see below) to systematically explore topical environmental issues. It will be structured into one- to two-week modules with specific faculty responsible for organizing each as outlined below.

Logistics & resources



We envisage a more in-depth workshop type course in the Spring semester wherein a few selected environmental issues are studied in greater detail. (e.g., a sustainable city, a sustainable world, environmental systems analysis, man & environment - an evolutionary view, 'first' vs. 'third' world perspectives on environmental issues, etc.). The sequel course will be more research-oriented and will involve interdisciplinary teams of students working to find solutions to a few selected environmental problems. In both courses we want to move away from the "sky is falling" approach to environmental issues and come to grips with "how do we get from where we are to where we want to be."

Textbook We suggest the book Environmental Science by G.T. Miller or another similar text.
Let us know if you have other good suggestions!

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Updated: 18 Feb 97