EUS has required courses as well as recommended courses by Focus Area. To see how the courses below fit into EUS Focus Areas and satisfy EUS course requirements (new feature), please visit: http://eus.bard.edu/requirements/

 

91834

EUS 101

 Intro to EnvironMENTAL & Urban Study

Olga Touloumi

M  W       10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 102

SA

SSCI

Humans have profoundly altered the character of Earth’s biosphere since the advent of agriculture and urbanization 10,000 years ago. This course explores how global problems such as climate disruption, species extinction, and depletion of fossil soils, fuels, and waters are interlinked with one another but also with social problems such as financial instability, widening economic inequality, food insecurity, intensifying conflict and militarization, and declining public health. We review the empirical evidence of major environmental problems; consider which academic disciplines and practical skills are required to tackle them; and contemplate alternative political options open to governments and communities.  Issues will be considered at a variety of scales—from the level of individual responsibility to the local, regional, national, and global dimensions. EUS 101 and 102 are the foundational courses of the EUS program and are required for moderation. No prerequisite.   Class size: 22

 

91733

EUS 102

 Intro to Environmental & Urban Science

Robyn Smyth

 T  Th     9:30 am-11:30 am

RKC 114 / 115

LS

SCI

Of related interest: Biology  This course offers an integrated exploration of the science underlying environmental issues. The primary objective is to provide students with a systems-oriented understanding of biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes that affect earth, air, water, and life. Students will gain a solid understanding of the fundamental scientific principles governing environmental systems including the cycling of matter and the flow of energy. By practicing the application of these scientific concepts, students will develop their ability to think critically about the potential outcomes of complex environmental issues. Local and global examples of elemental cycling, hydrology, ecology, agriculture, urbanization, and climate change will be used. This class will include some local field trips and outdoor data collection which may require longer class meeting times on Tuesdays specifically.  Class size: 22

 

91875

EUS 220

 The Dust Bowl:  Lessons on How Not to Prepare for and Respond to Natural Perturbations 

Gidon Eshel

 T  Th     11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 305

SA

SSCI

Cross-listed: History  The Dust Bowl―the prolonged, sustained and widespread drought that ravaged the southern Great Plains throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, and the blowing sand and soil that accompanied it―is arguably the single most devastating environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.  It emptied the Southern Plains of a full one third of their pre-drought population, turned one of the most rapidly expanding regions (in both population and economic activity) of the then still principally rural nation into sterile, deserted wasteland, and inflicted almost unimaginable physical and personal suffering on those who stayed. It is also a nearly perfect example of how a natural, entirely expected, human-impacting phenomenon can be turned into the unmitigated regional catastrophe that it was by ill-conceived human action. The Dust Bowl is thus a classic case study in human--environment interactions that holds invaluable lessons for the future. In this class, we will review, in mechanistic details, the physical (climatological, hydrological, agroecological, geomorphic) elements of the Dust Bowl, and place them in historic/economic context wherever appropriate.  Class size: 18

 

91735

EUS 221

 WATER

Robyn Smyth

                              Lab:

 T   Th    1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

   W           1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

RKC 101

RKC 114

LS

SCI

Cross-listed:  Biology  This course offers a detailed exploration of the earth's hydrosphere and its interactions with the biosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere. Topics will include origins of the hydrosphere, origins of life, the global hydrologic cycle, and anthropogenic influences on aquatic ecosystems. We will further explore pressing global environmental issues associated with the hydrosphere: climate change, protection of drinking water resources, freshwater and marine ecosystem degradation, and waste water treatment. Lab work will be guided by scientific  questions related to these issues, and will focus on detection of anthropogenic influence, management  and maintenance of water resources,  and frontiers of scientific  approaches to sustainable human interactions with water resources.   Labs will include field sampling, lab analysis, and computer modeling to improve understanding of the ecological ramifications of water pollution in marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. Prerequisites: EUS 102, Bio 202, or permission of instructor.  Class size: 16

 

92236

EUS 228

 environmental politics

Monique Segarra

 T   Th    8:30 am – 9:50 am

HEG 204

SA

D+J

SSCI

DIFF

Cross-listed: Political Studies Environmental politics present a contentious terrain, intersecting with debates over economic development, the value of conservation, and concerns regarding the impact of industrial and agricultural practices on human health and the environment. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump has deepened conflicts over environmental regulation and protection. Trump administration policies pose threats to the key federal agencies that regulate and protect the environment, promote innovation in carbon reduction technologies and shape US participation in global environmental regimes. To understand and analyze these challenges, as well as global environmental issues, this course provides students with an introduction to the political forces that influence environmental policy formation and outcomes. Students will learn core concepts drawn from comparative and international politics, and from political communication and agenda theories, to explore the complex political interactions among public and private institutions, and the role of citizens in defining environmental problems and solutions. The course covers critical environmental concepts such as risk, sustainability, regulation, conservation and environmental justice within the United States, but also through comparative analysis of countries in the Global South, drawing from cases in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and China. It grounds these domestic cases with an overview of relevant international environmental regimes, from climate to biological diversity, that seek to guide and regulate state behavior. Class size: 22

 

92131

EUS 305

 EUS Practicum: Farm to Bard

Katrina Light

  W  F     11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 310

SA

SSCI

Cross-listed: American Studies Complex cultural, political, regulatory, and economic forces shape the chain of food production from farm to table to compost. This course explores the structure and functions of the contemporary food system, focusing on Bard’s foodshed. Students will work across disciplines to analyze quantitative and qualitative arguments addressing social, economic, environmental, or health questions. We will work with computer programs designed to navigate purchasing from farm to school. We will examine Bard’s dining service procurement strategies and engage with local food producers. We will conduct site visits to community partners such as Montgomery Place, Bard Dining Service, and local food purveyors including Hudson Valley Fresh, Bread Alone, Hudson Valley Harvest, and Saw Mill and other farms. Research teams will present and defend specific proposals to strengthen Bard Dining’s relationship with regional food producers and to bring more sustainable products into the institutional buying framework. Open only to moderated Upper College students.  Class size: 11

 

91877

EUS 315

 Environment & Climate Policy

Monique Segarra

 T  Th     1:30 pm-3:00 pm

ALBEE 102

SA

SSCI

This course focuses on the legal, political, cultural, and ethical dimensions of the climate policy-making process. It provides an overview of basic concepts of environmental law, politics, and policy making, for a detailed analysis of U.S. and international climate law and policy. Students evaluate climate change responses that include incentive-based regulatory approaches (cap-and-trade and cap-and-dividend systems with offsets; carbon taxes), command and control approaches, direct promotion of clean technology through regulation and subsidy, and voluntary agreements. Students examine critical issues of monitoring and enforcement, climate equity, and climate federalism, as well as the relationships among local, state, federal, and international policy.

Learning Outcomes:

• Basic knowledge of qualitative policy analysis

• Overview of international regime theory

• Familiarity with key concepts and concrete policy instruments related to climate mitigation and adaptation

• Integration of policy analysis with an understanding of technical and scientific solutions to climate change

This is a graduate course offered to a limited number of undergraduates with Upper College status.  Interested students should contact Eban Goodstein ebangood@bard.edu. Class size: 5

 

92242

EUS 324

 environmental Law for policy

Victor Tafur

    W       1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

ALBEE 102

SA

 

SSCI

 

This course introduces students to the core concepts of environmental law in the context of interdisciplinary policy making. Students examine responses and solutions to environmental problems that rely on legal and regulatory instruments, judicial decisions, and voluntary agreements, while exploring the interaction between environmental law and policy. They also take into account the nature of international, federal, state, and local relationships in developing and applying the law, as well as the role of technology and science, tensions between private and public interests, and environmental justice considerations. Theory and practice are combined to address issues of contemporary importance. A main goal is to gain a sense of the various legal approaches to environmental problems.

Learning Outcomes:

           Understanding of the legislative, administrative, and judicial system of environmental law today

           Ability to navigate a complex regime of statutes, regulations, and agency practices addressing environmental issues

           Comprehend the framework of the major U.S. federal environmental statutes and how policy makers encounter them in practice

           Basic knowledge of key international agreements and their interaction with domestic legislation

This is a graduate course offered to a limited number of undergraduates with Upper College status. Interested students should contact Eban Goodstein ebangood@bard.edu.  Class size: 5

 

91879

EUS COL

 EUS Colloquium

Michele Dominy

   Th       4:40 pm-6:00 pm

OLIN 102

SA

SSCI

 

(2 credits) How is environmental and urban studies put into practice? Focusing primarily on the Hudson Valley, the fall EUS colloquium provides a series of presentations and panels by accomplished researchers and professionals. These practitioners include ecologists, economists, geographers, planners, lawyers, educators, farmers, and activists, from Albany to New York City and beyond. Through critical responses to assigned readings and engagement with invited speakers, students will encounter the methods and perspectives used to address some of the environmental challenges confronting urban, rural and regional environments. Class discussions between EUS students, faculty, and invited guests are designed to foster collaboration within and beyond Bard College. Class size: 30

 

91844

ANTH 211

 Archaeological Methods

Christopher Lindner

  W         1:30 pm-2:50 pm

    F        1:30 pm-4:30 pm

HEG 300

 

SCI

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 12

 

91884

ANTH 217

 Asia in the Anthropocene

Yuka Suzuki

 T  Th     10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 202

SA

D+J

SSCI

DIFF

Cross-listed: Asian Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Science, Technology, Society Class size: 22

 

92129

ANTH 218

 The Rift

John Ryle

M  W       4:40 pm-6:00 pm

HEG 308

SA

D+J

SSCI

DIFF

Cross-listed: Africana Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights Class size: 22

 

91882

ANTH 238

 Myth, Ritual & Symbol

Michele Dominy

 T  Th     1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 201

MBV

D+J

SSCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Religion; Sociology   Of related interest: Africana Studies 

 

91887

ANTH 277

 Nature & Power in Middle East

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

 T  Th     3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 204

SA

D+J

SSCI

DIFF

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Science, Technology, Society

Class size: 22

 

91888

ANTH 319

 Toxicity & Contamination

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

   Th       10:10 am-12:30 pm

OLIN 303

SA

SSCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights; Science, Technology, Society Class size: 15

 

91970

ART 100 AC

 Digital I: Fabricated Landscapes

Adriane Colburn

 T           10:10 am-1:10 pm

FISHER

PA

PART

Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies  Class size: 12

 

91966

ART 200 AC

 Digital II: Art/Climate Change

Adriane Colburn

M            1:30 pm-4:30 pm

FISHER

PA

PART

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 14

 

91827

ARTH 125

 Modern Architecture: 1850-1950

Olga Touloumi

M  W       1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 102

AA

AART

Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies  Class size: 22 

 

91819

ARTH 201

 Greek Art and Architecture

Diana DePardo-Minsky

 T  Th     3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 102

AA

AART

Cross-listed: Classical Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 22

 

91825

ARTH 225

 Art through Nature

Julia Rosenbaum

 T  Th     3:10 pm-4:30 pm

FISHER ANNEX

AA

AART

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities Class size: 22

 

91830

ARTH 246

 Medieval Art of Mediterranean

Katherine Boivin

 T  Th     10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 301

AA

AART

Cross-listed: Africana Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Medieval Studies; Middle Eastern Studies Class size: 22

 

91833

ARTH 260

 New/Old Amsterdam

Susan Merriam

 T  Th     1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 102

AA

AART

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 22

 

92088

BGIA 301

 Core Seminar: NYC

James Ketterer

              -

 

SA

SSCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies Class size: 20

 

91722

BIO 153

 Global Change Biology

Bruce Robertson

             Lab:

 T  Th     3:10 pm-4:30 pm

M            8:30 am-11:30 am

RKC 101

RKC 114 / 115

LS

SCI

Cross-listed: Global Public Health;  Environmental & Urban Studies   Class size: 20

 

91726

BIO 202

 Ecology and Evolution

Felicia Keesing

  W  F     8:30 am-11:30 am

RKC 114 / 115

LS

SCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 20

 

91728

BIO 244

 Biostatistics

Gabriel Perron

M  W       1:30 pm-4:30 pm

RKC 115

MC

MATC

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Global Public Health; Mathematics Class size: 20

 

91731

BIO 408

 Advanced Conservation Biology

Bruce Robertson

  W         1:30 pm-3:30 pm

RKC 200

 

SCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 16

 

91945

ECON 229

 Introduction to Econometrics

Sanjaya DeSilva

M  W       1:30 pm-2:50 pm

ALBEE 106

MC

MATC

Cross-listed: Economics & Finance; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies Class size: 18

 

91846

HIST 2014

 History of New York City

Cecile Kuznitz

M  W       1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 203

HA

HIST

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 22

 

92107

HIST 2116

 PLAGUE!

Alice Stroup

 T  Th     1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 107

HA

HIST

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Medieval Studies Class size: 15

 

91845

HIST 217

 Progressive Era in US History

Myra Armstead

 T  Th     1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 310

HA

HIST

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 18

 

92116

HIST 227

 Empire/Environment:Modrn Hist.

Holger Droessler

M  W       3:10 pm-4:30 pm

HEG 308

HA

HIST

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 22

 

91872

HR 311

 Food, Labor & Human Rights

Peter Rosenblum

  W         1:30 pm-3:50 pm

OLIN 307

SA

SSCI

 

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies 

 

92165

LIT 2213

 Building Stories

Peter L'Official

 T  Th     11:50 am-1:10 pm

HEG 308

LA

ELIT

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies Class size: 22

 

92134

LIT 2311

 St Petersburg:City/Monumnt/Txt

Olga Voronina

M  W       10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 304

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Russian Class size: 18

 

91700

LIT 257

 American Literature I

Elizabeth Frank

  W Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

ASP 302

LA

ELIT

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Religion Class size: 22

 

92260

PHIL 221

 History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology

Michelle Hoffman

 T  Th     3:10 pm-4:30 pm

HEG 204

MBV

HUM

Cross-listed: History; Environmental & Urban Studies;  Science, Technology, Society (Core course) Class size: 22

 

92103

PHIL 256

 Environmental Ethics

Oli Stephano

M  W       11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 205

MBV

D+J

HUM

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies  Class size: 22

 

91785

PHYS 124

 Climate Change

Gidon Eshel

 T  Th     10:10 am-11:30 am

HDR 106

LS

SCI

Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies  Class size: 24

 

92098

PS 314

 Political Econ. of Development

Sanjib Baruah

  W         10:10 am-12:30 pm

HEG 200

SA

SSCI

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Human Rights  Class size: 15

 

91854

SOC 205

 Intro to Research Methods

Yuval Elmelech

 T  Th     11:50 am-1:10 pm

HDR 101A

MC

MATC

Cross-listed: American Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Human Rights  Class size: 15

 

92223

WRIT 338

 Reading/Writing the Hudson

Susan Rogers

 T           10:10 am-11:30 am

     Th     8:00 am-11:30 am

HEG 300

  Field Station

PA

PART

Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies  Class size: 11