Environmental Studies 402: Community Environmental Scholars Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: Keuser, Anke
SECTION: Sem 004
Topics vary each term, with the scope of the environmental social sciences. These may include issues in environmental policy, law, economics, land use, sustainability, food systems, energy policy, conflict resolution, environmental justice, and international development.
Environmental Studies 600: Capstone – Last child in the park: How kids and birds can save the world
INSTRUCTOR: Keuser, Anke
SECTION: Sem 001
We will be working hand in hand with staff at Madison’s Sherman Middle School to provide a nature study program to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. A high percentage of Sherman ethnically diverse students live in poverty. The school is making herculean efforts to meet student needs by providing after-school programming. Our class helps the school meet those needs by pairing UW students as after-school mentors with a Sherman student.
Environmental Studies 600: Capstone – Urban Food Systems and the Environment
INSTRUCTOR: White, Monica
SECTION: Sem 002
This course will examine the relationship between food systems and the environment and allow students to identify a project of interest that they will develop from a research question to data collection and analysis. We will pay particular attention to the social, political and environmental impacts of local food movements. In an effort to examine community responses to food insecurity, students will explore the food landscape from production (i.e. agriculture) to distribution and participate in community service activities, like work at a community gardening project. Students will also meet with and interview local residents and stakeholders in the urban agricultural movement in Madison.
Environmental Studies 922: Center for Culture, History, and Environment Methods
INSTRUCTOR: Hennessy, Liz
This class is a survey of research methods and methodologies in critical environmental studies and environmental humanities. We will discuss epistemological, practical, ethical and political questions concerning methods for dissertation research with an emphasis on informing doable projects. Mixed methods research is increasingly common, particularly in environmental studies and the environmental humanities. In these fields, researchers are often asked to think inter- or trans-disciplinarily and to pose questions not well answered through a solitary method. To meet these challenges, students often need look outside their home disciplines for methodological training and to develop schemas for analyzing data collected according to different epistemological frameworks. This course introduces graduate students to a variety of methods in critical socio-environmental studies, including:
• Oral histories
• Archival research
• Textual analysis
• Participatory/collaborative research
• Indigenous studies/decolonial methods • intersectionality
• Multispecies methods