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Fall 2018-2019
ENV 327 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton

Shana S. Weber

Achieving sustained human and environmental health is a global priority given increasingly disruptive economic, social and environmental conditions. Evidence suggests that humanity is capable of producing sustainable technological and social solutions, but must do so between now and mid-century. This course explores social/ethical dimensions of the sustainability challenge through an evaluation of related ethics and psychology of social norms literature, and includes an exercise in proposing evidence-based solutions toward cultivating an ethos of sustainability on the Princeton campus as a demonstration-scale system.

Sample reading list:
Manual Arias-Aldonado, Rethinking Sustainability in the Anthropocene
Susan Clayton, Can Psychology Help Save the World?
Robert C. Ellickson, The Evolution of Social Norms: A Perspective from the Legal
Harold Shapiro, University as Public Citizen
Paul W. Taylor, Ethics of Respect for Nature
Sander van der Linden, Intrinsic Motivation and Pro-Environmental Behavior
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings of 60-80 pages per week will be from book chapters, ethics, natural and behavioral science papers, classmate writings, and University documents. Writing assignments will include blog entries, final paper drafts, and a final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Community-Based Learning Component Required
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students who completed ENV ST05 in fall 2015 are not eligible to enroll in ENV 327 due to the overlapping course material.

Other information:
Students will have the opportunity to study various sustainability-related topics while benefiting from class visits from University staff and administrators, as well as expert faculty. The course is designed to apply critical thinking to a number of applied sustainability challenges from various disciplinary perspectives, and to do so within the context of both technological and behavioral solutions. Other = 20% Peer review of writings and 20% Reflection logs

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22415 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed