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Please note: Honors Program students may register for one honors course per semester. 

Fall Semester 2022

Seminar Descriptions

  • HON 111HA — Environmental Ethics
    • Dr. John McMahon
    • MW 2 – 3:15 p.m.
    • 3 Credits

    In a time where we face climate catastrophe, how should humans relate to nature (and while we’re at it, are humans even separate from “nature” in the first place?!)? What is political about the environment? How does our location in the North Country shape our ethical relationships with nature? How have our human views of nature changed over time? How do feminist, anticolonial, antiracist, and indigenous standpoints change our visions of the human-nature relationship? To examine these and related questions, this seminar engages the interdisciplinary fields of environmental ethics and environmental political thought. Along the way, we will explore issues of global climate change and climate ethics, environmental justice, environmental racism, intergenerational justice, the history of environmental political thought and philosophy, the Anthropocene, colonialism and the environment, and much more.  

    The work for this class will include reading, student-generated discussion questions, and reading responses. At the end of the course, all students will create an expressive final project (a podcast, a song, a film short, a digital project, artwork, short fiction, poetry, etc.), about some aspect of the politics and ethics of the environment, creating a public-facing archive of our collective environmental thinking.

    GE Category:  Humanities (Matriculation before Fall 2021)

    CC Category:  Individual Expression (Matriculation beginning Fall 2021)


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