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Searching for Environment & Society returned 113 classes
  • CAS AH 507

    Digital Curation: Towards National Parks: Art and Nature, Nature and Nation

    Before national parks, wild locations attracted artists, photographers and poets. Their works made these areas known to tourist-viewers. Prepare a digital exhibition and map artist- advocates as they explored mountains, forests and waterfalls. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AM 501

    Research Seminar in American Studies

    Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).

    American Studies majors and minors complete their program of study by undertaking a one- or two- semester (AM 501 and/or AM 502) senior project based on original research or criticism. Topics vary by semester. Topic for Fall 2023: Arctic Humanities. Topics for Spring 2024: Section A1: Adaptive Reuse and Revitalization. Section B1: Arctic Humanities. Effective Fall 2023, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Research and Information Literacy.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AN 211

    Humans Among Animals

    Examines how humans understand (other) animals and their thought, feeling, and communication and the ways we humans in varied cultures and societies use animals for interaction and self-understanding. Interdisciplinary approach that considers language, aesthetics, ideology, practice, and regulation. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills units in the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Ethical Reasoning, and Critical Thinking.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AN 285

    Coping with Crisis in Contemporary Africa (area)

    Explores the ways ordinary Africans are coping with problems of security, environmental degradation, forced migration, economic decline, and disease. Readings and lectures contrast outsiders' interpretations of these "crises" with the way they are experienced by those they affect. Staff. 4 cr. Either sem. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Social & Racial Justice
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AN 362

    Culture and Environment

    Examines mutually transformative relations between human societies and their environments. Shows how social constructions of environment, nature, and culture vary cross-culturally. Topics include: political ecology, environmental conservation, agriculture, climate, bioprospecting, relations with other animals, pollution. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Social Inquiry II.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Social Inquiry II
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AN 363

    Food and Water: Critical Perspectives on Global Crises

    Examines how people, past and present, have interacted with food and water. Explores multiple causes and consequences of global food and water inequities. Considers the cultural politics of food/water production, consumption, and distribution in different parts of the world. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Social Inquiry II, Teamwork/Collaboration.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AN 595

    Methods in Biological Anthropology

    Prereq: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 or CAS BI 108; or consent of instructor.

    An exploration of field and laboratory methods used in biological anthropology, with students participating in hands-on exercises. Topics include health assessment, body composition, diet, energetics, morphological adaptations, reproductive status, habitat composition, spatial movements, and conservation. Professional skills are also developed. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Scientific Inquiry II, Teamwork/Collaboration.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AR 290

    Human Impacts on Ancient Environments

    Examination of human-environmental interactions in the global landscape over the past 10,000 years through migration, hunting, disease, agriculture, and other cultural activities; implications for contemporary and future resources management and environmental policy. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AR 307

    Archaeological Science

    Prereq: CAS AR 101; or consent of instructor.

    Application of natural sciences, as an integral part of modern archaeology, to issues of dating, reconstructing past environments and diets, and analysis of mineral and biological remains. Laboratories concentrate on biological, geological, physical, and chemical approaches. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society
  • CAS AR 506

    Regional Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems

    Prereq: one archaeology course or consent of instructor.

    Grad Prereq: one archaeology course or consent of instructor.

    Use of advanced computer (GIS) techniques to address regional archaeological problems.This applied course examines digital encoding and manipulation of archaeological and environmental data, and methods for testing hypotheses, analyzing, and modeling the archaeological record. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry II, Research and Information Literacy.

    [ 4 cr.]

    Offered: Either sem.

    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Environment & Society

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CAS College of Arts & Sciences
CFA College of Fine Arts
CGS College of General Studies
COM College of Communication
EGS College of Engineering and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
ENG College of Engineering
EOP Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP)
GMS Graduate Medical Sciences
GRS Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
HUB BU Hub general education program
KHC Questrom School of Business
LAW School of Law
MED School of Medicine
OTP Officer Training Program
PDP Physical Education Recreation and Dance
QST Questrom School of Business
SAR Sargent College
SDM Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
SED Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
SHA School of Hospitality Administration
SPH School of Public Health
SSW School of Social Work
STH School of Theology
XRG Cross Registration