Environmental and Urban Studies

Environmental and Urban studies as a major is only open to students that entered before Fall 2022, students entering in the fall of 2022 should look to the Environmental Studies concentration.

 

Introduction to Environmental Studies

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 100

CRN Number: 11243

Class cap: 30

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Monique Segarra Beate Liepert

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     9:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 204

 

Distributional Area:

SA Social Analysis  

Humans have profoundly altered the character of the Earth’s system since the advent of agriculture and urbanization 10,000 years ago. This course explores how natural and human systems are connected, and how global problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, species extinction are linked with one another and with social problems such as financial instability, widening economic inequality, food insecurity, intensifying conflict, and public health. We review the empirical evidence of these “wicked problems”, and introduce core concepts and methodologies from natural, and social sciences perspectives, together with practical skills that are required to tackle these issues. We will contemplate alternative political and socioeconomic options (from indigenous knowledge to shared socioeconomic pathways) and will explore how impacts of these decisions on future natural and human systems can be assessed (foresight work). Issues will be considered at a variety of scales—from the level of individual responsibility to the local, regional, national, and global dimensions. The course includes a community service component, labs, and guest lectures.  It will be co-taught by instructors in the natural and social sciences.

 

Feeding 10 billion people

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 111

CRN Number: 11241

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Gidon Eshel

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 202

 

Distributional Area:

MC Mathematics and Computing  

Local food systems, and the global one, cannot be scaled up in their current configurations to feed predicted future Earths in even remotely just and nutritionally adequate ways. If we try, they will clearly bump against Earth’s fundamental physical limits. Yet alternative configurations can easily do the job, and then some. In this course, we will explore those fundamental limits, the robust and weak elements of existing and envisioned food systems, and the design of a global food system that optimally builds on the robust elements while minimizing susceptibility to the weaknesses. Prerequisites: passing score on Part I of the Mathematics Placement and familiarity with Excel or Google Sheets.

 

Reading on Grass

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 112

CRN Number: 11242

Class cap: 25

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Gidon Eshel

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     1:30 PM – 2:50 PM Hegeman 308

 

Distributional Area:

MC Mathematics and Computing  

 

Crosslists:

American & Indigenous Studies; Historical Studies

Global grasslands and steppes are a planetary dominant biome today, and the most recent addition to Earth’s grand biomes. Their physics and governing related sciences are somewhat well-developed, and there is much to read there, which we will do. But such landscapes have also featured beautifully in fiction. We will read some of those novels as well. The crux of the course will be an effort to intellectually balance and harmonize the scientific and literary approaches to grasslands and steppes of the world.

 

Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 310

CRN Number: 11298

Class cap: 25

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Hunter Lovins

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     8:30 AM9:50 AM Olin Languages Center 115

 

Distributional Area:

SA Social Analysis  

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals highlight 17 key areas for global progress, ranging from food security to women’s empowerment to climate change action. One way to achieve these goals is through social enterprise: creating for-profit and non-profit organizations whose mission is to advance one or more of the SDGs. This collaborative, cross-institution course explores the global drivers of change that led to the UN SDG’s, with a particular focus on Social Enterprise solutions. Bard students will work with and learn from classes in Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine and other countries through a mixture of synchronous on-line, weekly global class, combined with in-person, project-based learning. The synchronous portion of the course provides a critical introduction to the SDGs, and the forces behind global change, ranging from climate to technology to income inequality. The experiential component on the course involves the students conducting shared research projects on local enterprise solutions to the SDG’s. Student teams will choose a sector of interest—energy, food, affordable housing, immigration, toxic exposure—and map the Hudson Valley ecosystem of for-profit and non-profit enterprises seeking to address these challenges. The projects will include deep dives into the strategies pursued by select enterprises within their sector. The students will produce a final report for distribution to the social enterprises within their sector. This will be an OSUN Network Collaborative Course, hybrid in structure, with one global synchronous online session per week, and one in-person session each week at Bard. The synchronous on-line session will be taught by Bard MBA Professor Hunter Lovins, meeting one day per week, simultaneously in all schools online for 90 minutes. The course will have an in-person, 90-minute section once per week taught by co-instructors to the practicum work. This is an OSUN Online Class, taught online and open to Bard students and students from OSUN partner institutions. This is an OSUN Network Collaborative Course, taught on multiple OSUN partner institutions and designed to allow students to learn and work together across campuses.

 

Climate and Agroecology

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 311

CRN Number: 11674

Class cap: 8

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Jennifer Phillips

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs     1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Albee B102

 

Distributional Area:

SA Social Analysis  

In this course we will examine the linkages between agroecosystems and the climate system. We begin by looking at projections for climate change impacts on crop production and land use change. We review crop simulation models, their applications and limitations, as well as expectations for the influence of elevated CO2 on crop yield and nutrition. We then turn to a discussion of the role that agriculture can play in climate change mitigation, given the large greenhouse gas emissions associated with farming systems. This takes us to an in-depth discussion of soil carbon management, nitrogen fertilizer, and trade-offs between emissions from various reduction strategies. Finally, we will investigate the strategies being put forth regarding climate change adaptation, including the role of traditional seeds and genetically modified crops, agroforestry, and system resilience, with major implications for future food production.

 

Leading Change for Sustainability

 

Course Number: ES/EUS 327

CRN Number: 11299

Class cap: 25

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Aurora Winslade

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    10:10 AM11:30 AM Barringer 104

 

Distributional Area:

SA Social Analysis  

This is a collaborative, cross-institution course in leading change in organizations where student teams develop and advance proposals for organizational innovation within the university. Examples might include carbon footprint analysis, expansion of local food offerings, improved daycare or transportation for students and workers, or improved recycling system. Bard students will work with classes from Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh and Lithuania through a mixture of synchronous on-line learning, and in-person labs. The course will culminate in a “shark tank for sustainability” between teams from the different universities. Topics include understanding why change fails more often than it succeeds, the key factors that drive successful organizational change, the role of the change facilitator, and tools for designing and facilitating processes that bring forth the group intelligence. This will be a hybrid, synchronous online course with an in-person lab, taught at Bard, AUCA, AQB, BRAC, and EHIl. The synchronous online session is taught by Bard MBA professor Aurora Winslade and meets one day per week, simultaneously in all countries for 90 minutes. The course has an in-person, 90-minute section once per week taught by co-instructors. This is an OSUN Network Collaborative Course, taught on multiple OSUN partner institutions and designed to allow students to learn and work together across campuses.

 

Cross-listed courses:

Race & Nature in Africa

 

Course Number: ANTH 265

CRN Number: 11279

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Yuka Suzuki

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     11:50 AM1:10 PM Hegeman 308

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Africana Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Human Rights

 

Archaeology of African American Farms, Yards, and Gardens

 

Course Number: ANTH 290

CRN Number: 11280

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Christopher Lindner

 

Schedule/Location:

   Thurs    1:30 PM2:50 PM Rose Laboratories 108

 

 

    Fri   1:30 PM4:30 PM Rose Laboratories 108

 

Distributional Area:

LS Laboratory Science  

 

Crosslists:

Africana Studies; American & Indigenous Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Historical Studies

 

Doing Ethnography

 

Course Number: ANTH 324

CRN Number: 11285

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Laura Kunreuther

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed     5:10 PM7:30 PM Olin 303

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights

 

How to Build a Ruin

 

Course Number: ARCH 111 SL

CRN Number: 11430

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Stephanie Lee

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon       10:10 AM1:10 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

Distributional Area:

PA  Practicing Arts  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities

 

New Manuals: Redesigning Architectural Rituals

 

Course Number: ARCH 111 BC

CRN Number: 11431

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Betsy Clifton

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon       1:30 PM4:30 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

Distributional Area:

PA  Practicing Arts   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities

 

Fossil Invitations: rethinking architectural site analysis through deep time

 

Course Number: ARCH 130 TT

CRN Number: 11425

Class cap: 12

Credits: 2

 

Professor:

Thena Tak

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed  Fri   3:30 PM6:30 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

Distributional Area:

PA  Practicing Arts   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities; Studio Art

 

Para-fictional Design Investigations: Hard Labor, Soft Space

 

Course Number: ARCH 221 SL

CRN Number: 11429

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Stephanie Lee

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue      10:10 AM1:10 PM Garcia-Renart House

Thurs    10:10 AM12:10 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

Distributional Area:

PA Practicing Arts D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities; Human Rights

 

Designing Potential Histories of ‘El Bohio’ off Anarchy Row

 

Course Number: ARCH 321 MC

CRN Number: 11428

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Michael Cohen

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed     10:10 AM1:10 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

 

       Fri   10:10 AM12:10 PM Garcia-Renart House

 

Distributional Area:

PA Practicing Arts D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights

 

Modern Architecture in the Age of Colonialism

 

Course Number: ARTH 125

CRN Number: 11106

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Olga Touloumi

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed  Fri   11:50 AM1:10 PM Olin 102

 

Distributional Area:

AA  Analysis of Art   

 

Crosslists:

Architecture; Environmental & Urban Studies

 

Ecology and Evolution

 

Course Number: BIO 202

CRN Number: 11027

Class cap: 16

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Felicia Keesing

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed  Fri   8:30 AM11:30 AM Reem Kayden Center 114/115

 

Distributional Area:

LS  Laboratory Science   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies

 

Biostatistics

 

Course Number: BIO 244

CRN Number: 11029

Class cap: 16

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Gabriel Perron

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon    Fri   1:30 PM3:30 PM Albee 106

 

Distributional Area:

MC  Mathematics and Computing   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Global Public Health; Mathematics

 

Field Ornithology

 

Course Number: BIO 311

CRN Number: 11030

Class cap: 14

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Bruce Robertson

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    3:30 PM4:50 PM Reem Kayden Center 111/112

 

Lab:

    Fri   8:30 AM11:30 AM Reem Kayden Center 111/112

 

Distributional Area:

LS Laboratory Science  

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies

 

Game Theory

 

Course Number: ECON 203

CRN Number: 11288

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Aniruddha Mitra

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     10:10 AM11:30 AM Henderson Comp. Center 101A

 

Distributional Area:

MC  Mathematics and Computing   

 

Crosslists:

Economics & Finance; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Politics

 

The Right to Employment

 

Course Number: ECON 227

CRN Number: 11290

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Pavlina Tcherneva

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon  Wed     10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 304

 

Distributional Area:

HA  Historical Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Africana Studies; American & Indigenous Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights; Sociology

 

Introduction to Econometrics

 

Course Number: ECON 229

CRN Number: 11291

Class cap: 18

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Sanjay DeSilva

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    1:30 PM2:50 PM Albee 106

 

Distributional Area:

MC  Mathematics and Computing   

 

Crosslists:

Economics & Finance; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies

 

Ecological Economics

 

Course Number: ECON 242

CRN Number: 11292

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Kris Feder

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    1:30 PM2:50 PM Henderson Comp. Center 101A

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies

 

Developing Cities

 

Course Number: ECON 319

CRN Number: 11296

Class cap: 16

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Sanjay DeSilva

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed     3:30 PM5:50 PM Albee 106

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies

 

Shanghai and Hong Kong: China’s Global Cities

 

Course Number: HIST 2302

CRN Number: 11310

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Robert Culp

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon    Fri   10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 205

 

Distributional Area:

HA  Historical Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Asian Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Human Rights

 

A Human Right to Homes or Homelessness

 

Course Number: HR 278

CRN Number: 11317

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Kwame Holmes

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 101

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

American & Indigenous Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies

 

The City and the Experiment

 

Course Number: LIT 273

CRN Number: 11390

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Adhaar Desai

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 205

 

Distributional Area:

LA  Literary Analysis in English   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Environmental Studies; Experimental Humanities

 

Trading Fictions in the Indian Ocean

 

Course Number: LIT 368

CRN Number: 11667

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Elizabeth Holt

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed     3:30 PM5:50 PM Olin 301

 

Distributional Area:

MBV Meaning, Being, Value  

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Middle Eastern Studies

 

Tricks of the Trade: Qualitative Research Practicum

 

Course Number: SOC 333

CRN Number: 11366

Class cap: 12

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Peter Klein

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon       12:30 PM2:50 PM Olin 309

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis   

 

Crosslists:

American & Indigenous Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Global & International Studies; Human Rights

 

Imagining Nonhuman Consciousness

 

Course Number: WRIT 345

CRN Number: 11419

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Benjamin Hale

 

Schedule/Location:

Mon       3:10 PM5:30 PM Olin 305

 

Distributional Area:

PA  Practicing Arts   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Experimental Humanities; Human Rights

 

Toxicity and Contamination

 

Course Number: ANTH 229

CRN Number: 11276

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    1:30 PM2:50 PM Olin 205

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Environmental Studies; Human Rights; Middle Eastern Studies; Science, Technology, Society

 

The Animal in Anthropology

 

Course Number: ANTH 358

CRN Number: 11282

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Yuka Suzuki

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue      9:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 303

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Environmental Studies

 

The City and the Experiment

 

Course Number: LIT 273

CRN Number: 11390

Class cap: 22

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Adhaar Desai

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue  Thurs    10:10 AM11:30 AM Olin 205

 

Distributional Area:

LA  Literary Analysis in English   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental & Urban Studies; Environmental Studies; Experimental Humanities

 

Places and Spaces

 

Course Number: LIT 391

CRN Number: 11400

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Hua Hsu

 

Schedule/Location:

  Wed     3:30 PM5:50 PM Olin 305

 

Distributional Area:

LA  Literary Analysis in English   

 

Crosslists:

American & Indigenous Studies; Architecture; Environmental Studies

 

Climate Seminar

 

Course Number: PHYS 311

CRN Number: 11080

Class cap: 16

Credits: 2

 

Professor:

Beate Liepert

 

Schedule/Location:

   Thurs    8:30 AM9:50 AM Olin 309

 

Distributional Area:

MC  Mathematics and Computing   

 

Crosslists:

Environmental Studies

 

Race, Space, and Place

 

Course Number: SOC 356

CRN Number: 11365

Class cap: 15

Credits: 4

 

Professor:

Jomaira Salas Pujols

 

Schedule/Location:

 Tue      3:10 PM5:30 PM Olin 309

 

Distributional Area:

SA  Social Analysis  D+J Difference and Justice

 

Crosslists:

Africana Studies; American & Indigenous Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Human Rights