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Environmental Studies – T07.5005 – King
New York University Liberal Studies Program
Office: 726 Broadway, 6
Floor, Room 607
Lecture: Silver 501
Lab: 48 Cooper Sq Rm 202
Office Hours: M and W 3:30-5:30, or by appointment (send email)
This course is an exploration of the earth as a total ecosystem and the effects of human
behavior on its future well-being. We will begin by looking at the basics of ecology and
ecosystems, then move into human population and our needs and impacts.
Botkin, Daniel and Edward Keller. Essential Environmental Science
. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons,
Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
. New York, NY: Penguin
Links to additional required readings will be available on the Blackboard site for this course:
Benedick, Richard Elliot. from Ozone Diplomacy: New Directions in Safeguarding the Planet
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Craig, David J. “Can We Talk About Overpopulation?” Columbia
Summer 2009: 30-37.
Flavin, Christopher and Seth Dunn. from “Reinventing the Energy System” in Lester R. Brown,
et al. State of the World, 1999: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a
. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1999.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from “Climate Change 2007: The Physical
Pollan, Michael. “Farmer in Chief.” New York Times Magazine
. October 12, 2008:
Wilson, E.O. from “The Current State of Biological Diversity.” in Biodiversity
. Washington, DC:
National Academy Press, 1998.
1. This class will meet three times each week. On Monday and Wednesday morning we will
meet for “lecture” in Silver 501. At 2:00 p.m. on either Monday (for 9:30 class) or Wednesday
(for 8:00 class) we will meet either at a field trip site or in a computer lab room (48 Cooper
Square, Room 202) for lab sessions. Note: You must be registered for both the lecture and the
lab portions of this class.
The lab component of this course
several field trips, in-class group activities, and a
After each field trip, you will create a blog that will include any photos or
videos from your experience.
The blog will focus on several critical thinking questions related to