Spring 2021 Graduate Courses

Topics in Environmental Studies: Climate Science and Digital Culture

Multi-disciplinary seminar focused on communicating climate science in the context of digital culture, with a specific focus on American journalism and social media. Course addresses a range of media — including documentary, the op-ed, data visualization, immersive storytelling, and virtual and augmented reality. Further considers the media culture and narrative strategies of communities leading movements for climate justice. Through individual and collaborative assignments, students test out different forms of science communication and experiment with crafting multimedia environmental stories informed by their research for public audiences.

Instructors: Allison Carruth

Interest Groups and Social Movements in American Politics and Policy

This course engages theoretical and empirical work about interest groups and social movements in U.S. politics and policy-making. We examine theories of interest group and social movement formation, maintenance, and decline; how interest groups and social movements try to (and do) influence politics and public policy; interactions between interest groups and the three branches of the federal government; lobbying, elections, and campaign finance; and the effectiveness of interest groups and movements as agents of democratic representation, particularly for marginalized groups such as women, people of colour, low-income people, and LGBTQ people.

Instructors: Dara Z. Strolovitch

Urban Sociology: Changing Cities in the Global Age (Half-Term)

For the first time in history, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. By 2030 that figure may rise to 60 percent. Such telluric transformations are taking place amidst (1) global economic integration; (2) rapid climatic and environmental change; and (3) rising levels of migration both internal and across international borders. The course provides a sketch of urban evolution prior to the onset of modernity. It then examine urbanization in the United States and selected locations in Latin America, Europe, and Asia with special attention to spatial reconfigurations, population shifts, and challenges faced by urban dwellers.

Instructors: Patricia Fernández-Kelly