Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2003



Course Number

DIPL 2105- AA, AB

Course Description

This course examines the knowledge base used to support human stewardship of the Earth's life support systems, including water resources, atmosphere, energy and food resources, biogeochemical process and habitat conservation. Given the controversial nature of the above topics, this course will begin with an exploration of the question: what is the relationship that humans have (and ought to have) with nature? This leading discussion will lay the foundation for the rest of course as we consider the various arguments and positions pertaining to global ecology. Reflecting the emphasis of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, we will also spend time examining the challenges and record of environmental statecraft.

The student should leave this course with a much more sophisticated understanding of the issues and stakes involving global ecology.