Class Restriction And Registration Summary
HESB 30611 - Section 01: Energy, Society & the Environ. (CRN 19217)
Do you turn up the heat when you are cold? Use a computer? Know someone affected by Hurricane Sandy? If so, you may know something about how energy affects social life in wide-ranging ways. This non-technical course will provide you with a broad overview of energy sources, their effects, and efforts to promote alternative energies. It draws on sociology, political science, history, economics, and technology. In the course we will first learn how energy sources have affected social life over the past several centuries and why?because of politics, economics, technologies, and geographies?certain sources became the norm. Next, we will analyze the present-day effects of energy extraction, especially on central Appalachia and the upper Midwest in the US, describing positive and negative consequences on income, employment, physical landscapes, and public health. In the third part of the course, we will examine ways civil society organizations have attempted to alter energy sources and their extraction, evaluate their successes and failures, and discuss the seeming intractability of conflicts. Lastly, we will consider ways to alter energy production and minimize environmental and public health concerns. Readings will be complemented by guest speakers and field trips. Students will be evaluated through a handful of essays and a final project that will employ original research to better understand local and national issues and energy's social effects.
Associated Term: Fall Semester 2013
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated
HESB 30611 Energy, Society & the Environ.
Department Approval Required
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) , St. Mary's College (SM) , Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) , Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
CSTE - CST Elective , ENNT - Enrgy Studies Nontechcl , ZTST - Final exam