While the only course offered directly through CHE is the Methods Seminar, CHE associates teach courses in departments across the University that explore issues of human and environmental change over time.
Spring 2017 Courses Offered by CHE Faculty Associates
Civil Society & Community Studies 375 003. Community and Environment
Instructor: Leah Horowitz
Monday/Wednesday/Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50AM
Communities around the world face a variety of environmental issues, to which they respond in multiple ways. Using case studies from around the planet, this course will explore ways that communities conceptualize their environments, protect them, and cope with threats to them, with a special focus on grassroots engagements with industrial development.
Legal Studies/Env Studies 430. Law and Environment
Instructor: Richard Keyser
Tuesday/Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:45AM
This class explores environmental studies through a focus on law and legal history. Although its main concentration is on U.S. environmental law, the course will begin and end with broader historical and global perspectives. The first of three units of the class survey the English, European, and early American legal approaches to land use, natural resources, and pollution through World War II. A second unit examines the development and practice of contemporary U.S. environmental law. The final unit considers the recent emergence of international environmental law.
Spanish 468. Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Cultures, Environments and Economies
Instructor: Kata Beilin
Tuesday/Thursdays, 2:30 - 3:45PM
The Anthropocene is a recently coined name for the epoch when humans shape their environment with a force comparable to a geological event. Even if the beginning of the Anthropocene could be dated back to the appearance of the steam engine, the awareness of the Anthropocene, which provides the framework for this class, is born only in the 21st century. In the course of the semester, we will investigate how economy and culture work together, consuming and/or restoring their environments in divergent scenarios of the Anthropocene. Applying perspectives from environmental humanities, we will countervail economistic discourses with stories "from below," featuring human and non-human experiences resulting from existing cultural and economic arrangements. From scenarios of the expansion of a neoliberal global economy, we will move to those of resistance (environmentalism of the poor) and alternative economies (local currencies, eco-villages), where we will encounter new economic theories (ecological economics, feminist economy), and new social movements that seek to live by respecting their local environments. Focusing on chosen localities in the Hispanic World, we will discuss some of the most significant aspects of culture, economy and environment in the global economy and in de-growth scenarios.
English 820. Recent North American Ecopoetics
Instructor: Lynn Keller
Mondays 10:00AM - 12:30PM
We will study volumes of poetry (usually a volume a week) written by diverse poets from the U.S. and Canada addressing environmental challenges in the late years of the 20th and early years of the 21st centuries. Our engagement with that poetry, much of which will be linguistically and formally experimental, will be enriched by reading environmental critics and theorists from Lawrence Buell to Timothy Morton, from Ursula Heise to Catriona Sandilands, Jane Bennett to Stacy Alaimo to Rob Nixon.
Art History 867. Seminar in Architectural History: Methods in Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures
Instructor: Anna Andrzejewski
Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00PM
This course seeks graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who actively interrogate the material and geographical world to understand its past and present meanings. Participants will critically examine methods of studying the everyday built environment, which includes ordinary buildings, cultural landscapes, and material objects. Students will analyze and compare a wide array of theories and methodological approaches from the last four decades including the work of scholars from the disciplines and fields of Art History, Geography, Landscape History, Environmental History, Urban Studies, Literature, Historical Archaeology, Material Culture, and Folklore. Discussions encourage students to explore the intellectual boundaries of these overlapping academic disciplines while also cultivating their own identities in their chosen fields of study through working on a capstone research project. Research projects this semester will focus on the theme of "Frontier Landscapes of the Anthropocene."
A Sampling of CHE-Related Courses Offered at UW-Madison
What sorts of coursework do CHE grads pursue and faculty offer? This archived list of courses features classes offered here at UW, from 2012 to the present, that may be of interest to the CHE community. (Note that not all courses are currently offered; please check with individual course departments or instructors to inquire about availability for schedule planning.)