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Curricular Connections

Lewis & Clark is committed to learning, innovation, and principled action on matters related to sustainability. Our research and actions extend beyond our campus into the wider world, we build on the best available scholarship and practice in our endeavors, and we recognize the importance and interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity.

→ Environmental Studies Major

The undergraduate environmental studies major and minor situates environmental problems and solutions in a scholarly context, working alongside other academic disciplines to build a more livable world. Sustainability is one of many important concepts the ENVS Program interrogates via its courses.

→ Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Frequently ranked best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, this law school program includes an extensive curriculum, outstanding faculty, and numerous practical skills opportunities.

→ Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate

This graduate school program explores how counseling psychologists can contribute to sustainability, drawing on scientific research and applying it to mental health practice.

→ Fall 2018 CAS Sustainability-Related Courses 

BIO-141 Investigations in Ecology and Environmental science
An introduction to principles underlying the distribution and abundance of species. Examination of how these principles can inform understanding of issues like overpopulation, climate change, invasive species, pollution, species extinction. Introduction to the methods of scientific investigation through laboratory and field studies that describe ecological phenomena and test hypotheses. Lecture and laboratory.
Professor: Margaret Metz

BIO-221 Marine Biology
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that promote and maintain marine biodiversity. Ecological and evolutionary mechanisms at work within marine environments, with emphasis on natural-selection processes that produce specific physiological adaptations, body types, and behavioral strategies. Lecture, discussion, laboratory; field trips to coastal habitats.
Professor: Kenneth Clifton

ENVS-160 Intro to Env. Studies
Scholarly perspectives on environmental problems and solutions, integrating concepts and analytical skills drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Foundation for all subsequent courses in the environmental studies major. Lectures, faculty and guest presentations, regular online assignments, individual and group research projects. Emphasis on sustainability includes critique from ecological, political, and cultural dimensions, and exploration of alternative environmental norms including resilience, justice, and others.
Professor: Jim Proctor

ENVS-220 Environmental Analysis
Development of research and analytical skills in environmental studies as preparation for upper-division work by majors and minors. Emphasis on formulation, practice, and communication of research. Skills span full range of allied fields, including descriptive and inferential statistics, geographic information systems, survey and interview techniques, qualitative data analysis, and bibliographic research. Lectures, individual and small-group assignments, and course project. Accompanying lab provides opportunity for students to build analytical skills via real-world research. Emphasis on sustainability includes qualitative analysis of divergent sustainability meanings in environmental discourse.
Professor: Jim Proctor

SOAN-249 Political Economy of Food
Situating food at the intersection of political economy, society, and culture, an exploration of how food is produced and consumed. Topics include the relationships between society and agricultural forms; technologies of food production and ecological impacts; commodity chains and the industrialization of foods; food inequality and hunger; food and the body (e.g., diets, health, obesity, anorexia, fast food vs. slow food, farmer’s markets vs. supermarkets); and cultures of food—from personal identity to ethnic identity to cuisine tourism to utopian visions.
Professor: Bob Goldman

SOAN-365 Political Economy of Green Capitalism
Exploration of the effectiveness of environmentally motivated technologies in mitigating global environmental problems when these technologies become materially organized as capitalist markets and commodities. Examines whether commodification of nature can remedy ecological crises. Students will read key theoretical texts and use political economic frameworks to analyze four cases of environmental technologies. Topics include renewable energies (solar, wind, wave), recycling materials industries, innovative technologies for lighting, fuel cells, sustainably produced organic foods, the carbon and the carbon-dioxide economy, and the expansion of “green consumerism.” Arguments of critics and proponents will be considered.
Professor: Bob Goldman

→ Fall 2018 Grad and Law Sustainability-Related Courses 

(some open to CAS students)

CPSY-501 Intro. To Ecospychology
Ecopsychology is the field of inquiry concerned with the human-nature relationship. As a species, we came of age embedded in the natural world, and that need for nature still resides in our bodies, minds, and spirit. A substantial body of scientific evidence demonstrates the physical and psychological benefits of interacting with nature. There is a growing interest in this area of psychology as we recognize the decreased presence of nature in our lives; the exponential growth of technology in daily living; and the awareness of global climate change and the role psychology has to play in addressing it. Ecopsychology recognizes that one of the central challenges of our time is to integrate our embeddedness within the natural world with our scientific culture and our technological selves. This course guides students toward self-reflection regarding their environmental identity and their “sense of place”; it explores the motivations for integrating ecological perspectives into academic and professional work; and it addresses the interrelationship between human and planetary health and wellbeing.
Professor: Patricia Haibach

CSPY-597 Ecotherapy and Applied Ecospychology
This course in Ecotherapy focuses on broadening and deepening the practice of psychotherapy by extending the psychotherapeutic context to include the natural world in which we live. We will survey research that supports the theoretical foundations of ecotherapy found in environmental and conservation psychology, ecopsychology, evolutionary psychology, and biophilia. Specific practices and methods that incorporate nature into the therapeutic process will be explored and students will have the opportunity to practice these techniques. We will explore topics such as environmental identity, restorative effects of direct contact with nature, a “sense of place,” the concepts of a Nature Language and Human Rewilding, and contemporary influences that affect the human-nature relationship. Ethical issues unique to the practice of ecotherapy will be discussed.
Professor: Patricia Haibach 

LAW-336 Energy Law: Electricity Regulation
This course will expose students to the legal, economic, structural, and social issues involved in electricity regulation and policy. Covered topics include: the history and evolution of regulation of electric utilities as monopolies, utility ratemaking, traditional state jurisdiction over utilities, the Federal Power Act, electricity restructuring, and an introduction to renewable power policies. The course may briefly discuss the extraction or environmental regulation of energy resources.
Professor: Melissa Powers

LAW-380 Land Use Planning
The principal methods of public control of the use of private land, from traditional judicial doctrines, such as nuisance and eminent domain, through statutory comprehensive planning regimes. The course also covers traditional zoning and planning issues, such as spot zoning, floating zones, environmental issues in land use regulation, nonconforming uses, variances and special exceptions. Sections on land valuation in eminent domain, and the impact of income and property taxation on land use, are also included.
Professor: Ed Sullivan

LAW-492 Climate Change: International Law
This class will discuss the international treaty regime addressing climate change. It will begin with an overview of climate science and a discussion of the existing and expected impacts of climate change. Next, the course will discuss the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. Time permitting, the course will discuss other treaties that regulate greenhouse gases and other climate forcers.
Professor: Ed Sullivan

And many more! (see catalogue)

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