Undergraduate Spring 2019

Spring 2019 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

(CLICK HERE FOR ILLUSTRATED PDF OF SPRING 2019 UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE COURSES)

Classes are listed alphabetically according to their first department listing. For the most up-to-date listings, check the Yale Course Search  website. ​To add or remove a course from this list, email environmentalhumanities@yale.edu

 
AMST 258 01 (22914) /EVST 258 Wilderness in the North American Imagination Yuhe Wang T 1.30-3.20 Areas Hu 1 HTBA The idea and practice of wilderness in American history, art, literature, society, and politics. Authors include Salomon Northup, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Jack London, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson. A class dinner and field trip are held during the term. 
 
AMST 304 01 (20863) /EVST 352 Food and Documentary Ian Cheney W 1.30-3.20 Areas Hu Survey of contemporary public debates and current scientific thinking about how America farms and eats explored through the medium of documentary film. Includes a brief history of early food and agrarian documentaries, with a focus on twenty-first century films that consider sustainable food. 
 
AMST 331 01 (23432) Photographing the City: Urban Pictures, Urban Places Kristin Hankins W 3.30-5.20 How do we see places? How do we see boundaries? How do our practices of looking reproduce, complicate, and transform places? This junior seminar explores these questions through an engagement with American urban places and analysis of their representations throughout the 20th century, beginning with photography at the turn of the century and ending with contemporary social practice art projects. We analyze the relationship between visual culture and public space; the ways in which urban visual culture conceals and reveals power dynamics; and different ways of approaching, engaging, and representing urban places. The primary objective is to foster critical engagement with urban space and its representations—to develop an analytical framework which grounds exploration of the impact of representational strategies on experiences of space and vice versa. 
 
ANTH 375 01 (22372) /ARCG 375/ARCG 379 Anthropology of Mobile Societies William Honeychurch F 9.25-11.15 Areas So The social and cultural significance of the ways that hunter-gatherers, pastoral nomads, maritime traders, and members of our own society traverse space. The impact of mobility and transport technologies on subsistence, trade, interaction, and warfare from the first horse riders of five thousand years ago to jet-propulsion tourists of today.  
 
ANTH 399 01 (20455) The Anthropology of Outer Space Lisa Messeri MW 2.30-3.45 Areas So Examination of the extraterrestrial through consideration of ideas in anthropology and aligned disciplines. Students discuss, write, and think about outer space as anthropologists and find the value of exploring this topic scientifically, socially, and philosophically. 
 
ANTH 414 01 (20456) /EAST 417 Hubs, Mobilities, and World Cities Helen Siu T 1.30-3.20 Areas So Analysis of urban life in historical and contemporary societies. Topics include capitalist and postmodern transformations; class, gender, ethnicity, and migration; and global landscapes of power and citizenship. 
 
ANTH 473 01 (20867) /EVST 473/ARCG 473/NELC 473 Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse Harvey Weiss Th 3.30-5.20 Areas Hu, So The coincidence of societal collapses throughout history with decadal and century-scale drought events. Challenges to anthropological and historical paradigms of cultural adaptation and resilience. Examination of archaeological and historical records and high-resolution sets of paleoclimate proxies. 
 
ARCG 492 01 (20469) /ANTH 492/NELC 321 Imaging Ancient Worlds Roderick McIntosh John Darnell Agnete Lassen W 9.25-11.15 The interpretation of epigraphic and archaeological material within the broader context of landscape, by means of creating a virtual model to reconstruct the sensory experiences of the ancient peoples who created those sites. Use of new technologies in computer graphics, including 3D imaging, to support current research in archaeology and anthropology. 
 
ARCH 280 01 (22421) /AMST 197/HSAR 219 American Architecture and Urbanism Elihu Rubin MW 11.35-12.50 Areas Hu 1 HTBA Introduction to the study of buildings, architects, architectural styles, and urban landscapes, viewed in their economic, political, social, and cultural contexts, from precolonial times to the present. Topics include: public and private investment in the built environment; the history of housing in America; the organization of architectural practice; race, gender, ethnicity and the right to the city; the social and political nature of city building; and the transnational nature of American architecture. 
 
CSYC 403 (24532) Approaches to Sustainable Food and Agriculture Mark Bomford Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm. Multi-disciplinary seminar on sustainable food systems. Explores multiple roots and considers possible futures of four contemporary practices which claim to enact a more sustainable approach to producing and consuming food: organic farming, local food, controlled environment agriculture and alternative proteins, and food justice / sovereignty. Includes three Friday work visits to the Yale Farm at the end of the semester.  
 
EAST 404 01 (23249) /EVST 403 The City in Modern East Asia Faculty TBD  M 3.30-5.20 Areas Hu Cities in East Asia developed into cosmopolitan urban centers in the modern era. They hosted encounters with Western empires and witnessed the rise of new forms of participatory politics; they not only reflected the broader efforts of their respective nation-states to modernize and industrialize, but also produced violent reactions against state regimes. They served as nodes in networks of migrants, commerce, and culture that grew more extensive in the modern era. In these ways, the history of East Asian urbanism is the history of the fluidity and dynamism of urban society and politics in the context of an increasingly interconnected modern world. We study cosmopolitan cities across East Asia from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. A comparative approach allows us to explore both general trends and themes, and distinct historical experiences across the countries of the region. Specific seminar topics include: urban politics, including state-society relations; cities as sites of geopolitical and imperial encounters; changes in urban society, including the impact of migration and social conflict; the urban environment, including natural and man-made disasters; urban planning, at the local, national and transnational scale; and ways of visualizing the city. 
ENGL 430 01 (20823) /AMST 425/EVST 430 American Culture and the Rise of the Environment Michael Warner W 1.30-3.20 Skills WR Areas Hu U.S. literature from the late eighteenth century to the Civil War explored in the context of climate change. Development of the modern concept of the environment; the formation and legacy of key ideas in environmentalism; effects of industrialization and national expansion; utopian and dystopian visions of the future. 
 
ENGL 026 01 (23166) Poetics of Place: Literature in/of Connecticut Alanna Hickey MW 1.00-2.15 Skills WR Areas Hu This course investigates the ways literature structures our encounter with our surroundings in both obvious and imperceptible ways, settling into the literary past and present of Connecticut. Inquiries span the role of narrative in our comprehension of place, the persistence of particular historical accounts at the expense of others, and our ethical obligation to the territories we survive upon. Readings include Indigenous texts, political documents, nature writing, dystopic fiction, ecocriticism, and travel memoir. Enrollment limited to first-year students. Preregistration required; see under First-Year Seminar Program. 
 
 
ENGL 114 (24405) Writing Seminars: Animals, Animality & the Human Andrew Brown  TTH 2:30pm – 3:45pm  Skills WR Can the study of animal minds and bodies reveal what makes us uniquely human? Authors have long attempted to answer this question: René Descartes imagined “animal machines” devoid of thought or physical sensation, Jeremy Bentham claimed that, in our treatment of animals, “the question is not, Can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer,” and Jane Goodall unearthed the social and psychological complexity of our primate relatives. This course continues the investigation by asking how we understand the ties between our experiences and those of the pets, livestock, and wild animals that inhabit our world. We will examine the boundaries between the animal and the human in order to explore how these relationships inform contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. Questions under discussion might include: how have animals been used to explain the nature of human consciousness? How do animals provide us with food, labor, entertainment, or comfort—and what do we owe them in return? How have conceptions of animality been linked to constructions of race, gender, and sexuality? And how could the prospect of climate change, mass extinction, or food insecurity transform the bonds between humans and animals in the future? 
 
ENGL 114 (24420) Writing Seminars: Logistics of Climate Change Timothy Kreiner  TTH 11:35am – 12:50pm  According to the World Bank, an increase in global temperatures of more than 2°C by the year 2100 will likely submerge coastal cities from New York to Shanghai beneath rising seas. Yet as many theorists note, the global supply chains the World Bank helps facilitate also fuel global warming. How do we make sense of economic institutions warning us of disasters their actions may hasten? Why is there so much disagreement among scholars concerning the quickening pace of climate change alongside the emergence of supposedly post-industrial economies in the developed world? And what can we do about that pace today? This class surveys two sweeping transformations of social life in recent decades to pose such questions. Climate change, we will wager, can’t be understood apart from the logistics revolution that made globalization 
possible: The massive freeway systems, ports, algorithms, microprocessors, and container ships transporting goods and money from one corner of the globe to another. Along the way we will pay particular attention to the uneven racial and gender dynamics governing who lives where and acquires what they need to survive how in a world arranged by the logistics revolution driving climate change today. 
 
ENGL 115 02 (22472) Literature Seminars: Writing the Asian Diaspora Scarlet Luk TTh 11.35-12.50 Skills WR Areas Hu Exploration of major themes in selected works of literature. Individual sections focus on topics such as war, justice, childhood, sex and gender, the supernatural, and the natural world. Emphasis on the development of writing skills and the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction prose. 
 
ENGL 237 01 (20809) /EVST 237 Animals in Literature and Theory Jonathan Kramnick TTh 2.30-3.45 Skills WR Areas Hu Consideration of the role animals play in our aesthetic, ethical, political, and scientific worlds through reading of fiction, poetry, philosophy, and critical theory. Topics include: animal sentience and experience; vegetarianism; animal fables; pet keeping; animals alongside disability, race, and gender; and the representation of animal life in the visual arts.   
 
ENGL 252 (22571) Poets and Painters: Wordsworth, Constable, Byron, Turner Paul Fry Th 3:30pm-5:20pm The rise of landscape in the works of Wordsworth, Constable, Byron, and Turner, with emphasis on the nonhuman in relation to consciousness and history. Some attention to the influence of earlier poetry and visual art and to effects on later painters. 
 
ENGL 275 01 (20820) Emerson, Dickinson, and Melville Richard Deming TTh 11.35-12.50 Skills WR Areas Hu Study of central works by three foundational writers of the nineteenth century. Cultural and historical context; questions concerning American identity, ethics, and culture, as well as the function of literature; the authors’ views on the intersections of philosophy and religious belief, culture, race, gender, and aesthetics. Readings include novels, poems, short fiction, and essays. 
 
ENGL 279 01 (23167) Indigenous Poetics and Politics of Resistance Alanna Hickey MW 2.30-3.45 Skills WR Areas Hu This course interrogates the deep historical relationship between political resistance and poetic expression within particular Indigenous communities, reading broadly on poetics and Native and Indigenous studies. Texts and inquiries span from nonalphabetic writings and Indigenous understandings of communal and political life, to the recent flourishing of formally innovative collections by Indigenous poets working on issues like climate justice, sexual violence, police brutality, and language revitalization. Poets include Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Marshallese), Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Deborah Miranda (OhloneCostanoan Esselen), and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Nishnaabeg). 
 
ENGL 286 (24015)/ HUMS 462 Elemental Media  Skills WR Areas Hu John Peters M 1:30pm-3:20pm In this class we study a wide range of recent scholarly writings on elemental media. What does it mean to live in a moment of both carbon overload and data overload in our atmospheres? What do the environmental perplexities of our time have to do with informational ones? Students explore the links between such apparently natural phenomena as the sky, the atmosphere, the ocean, fire, or soil and such obviously unnatural ones as drones, computer networks, submarine cables, audiovisual culture, and genetic modification. It was only in the late nineteenth century that the term “media” came to refer to institutions of mass communication such as the press, film, radio, and so on and to this day the term retains its historical sense of natural habitats or environments. Media theory gives us a way to ask a question that many scholars and citizens have been posing in our moment: just what is nature in an age when human action has so radically reshaped life on Earth? 
 
ER&M 297 01 (20892) /AMST 371 Food, Race, and Migration in United States Society Quan Tran Areas So Exploration of the relationship between food, race, and migration in historical and contemporary United States contexts. Organized thematically and anchored in selected case studies, this course is comparative in scope and draws from contemporary work in the fields of food studies, ethnic studies, migration studies, American studies, anthropology, and history. 
 
EVST 273 01 (20855) Ecology and the Future of Life on Earth Oswald Schmitz MWF 1.30-2.20 Areas So Study of sustainability in a new epoch of human domination of Earth, known as the Anthropocene. Students will learn to think critically and construct arguments about the ecological and evolutionary interrelationship between humans and nature and gain insight on how to combine ethical reasoning with scientific principles, to ensure that species and ecosystems will thrive and persist.  
 
F&ES 255 01 (22392) /EVST 255/PLSC 215 Environmental Politics and Law John Wargo TTH 1.00-2.15 Areas So Exploration of the politics, policy, and law associated with attempts to manage environmental quality and natural resources. Themes of democracy, liberty, power, property, equality, causation, and risk. Case histories include air quality, water quality and quantity, pesticides and toxic substances, land use, agriculture and food, parks and protected areas, and energy. 
 
 F&ES 285 01 (20857) /EVST 285 Political Ecology of Tropical Forest Conservation Amity Doolittle T 1.30-3.20 Areas So Study of the relationship between society and the environment focusing on tropical forest conservation. Global processes of environmental conservation, development, and conflicts over natural resource use and control; approaches to conserving trees and forest cover using strategies that support biodiversity and rural agricultural livelihoods; specific focus on tropical forest landscapes dominated by agriculture and cattle ranching practices using Panama and Columbia as a case studies 
 
HIST 015 01 (21063) History of Food and Cuisine Paul Freedman TTh 1.00-2.15 Areas Hu The history of food from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on the United States and Europe. How societies gathered and prepared food; culinary tastes of different times and places. The influence of taste on trade, colonization, and cultural exchange. The impact of immigration, globalization, and technology on food. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program. 
 
HIST 104 01 (23360) /GLBL 207 The World Circa 2000 Daniel Magaziner Samuel Moyn MW 2.30-3.20 Areas Hu The World Circa 2000 is a global history of the present since ~ 1960. The course moves thematically to consider topics including, decolonization and nation building in the global south, crises of nationalism and recurrent authoritarianism, the politics of aid, humanitarianism and neo-liberalism, technophilia, environmentalism and networked societies, climate change and ‘free trade,’ new religious fundamentalisms and imagined solidarities, celebrity, individuality, and consumerism in China, the United States, and beyond.  
 
HIST 155 (24584)  California Capitalism Travis Ross  TTh 11:35am – 12:25pm  This course examines the rise of California to become the world’s fifth largest economy as a case study in the history of capitalism. California offers an important case study through which to think historically about the complicated relationships between the environment, globalized capitalism, national politics, and individual choices within the world economy as they have intersected in a state defined by its booms and busts. The course begins with the earliest attempts by European empires to establish a foothold on the Pacific Ocean in California and concludes with California’s global hegemony as a powerhouse in cultural production, technological development, agricultural output, and environmental policy. We pay particular attention to how California’s culture of entrepreneurship has created both solutions to and new problems for advancements in global hunger, environmental sustainability, income inequality, labor, and media distribution. 
 
HIST 199 01 (21082) /AMST 236/EVST 318/HSHM 207 American Energy History Paul Sabin TTh 11.35-12.25 Areas Hu 1 HTBA The history of energy in the United States from early hydropower and coal to present-day hydraulic fracturing, deepwater oil, wind, and solar. Topics include energy transitions and technological change; energy and democracy; environmental justice and public health; corporate power and monopoly control; electricity and popular culture; labor struggles; the global quest for oil; changing national energy policies; the climate crisis. 
 
HIST 321 01 (21106) China from Present to Past, 2015–600 Valerie Hansen TTh 2.30-3.20 
Areas Hu Underlying causes of current issues facing China traced back to their origins in the premodern period. Topics include economic development, corruption, environmental crises, gender, and Pacific island disputes. Selected primary-source readings in English, images, videos, and Web resources. *Optional additional Chinese-language and English-language sections. 
 
HIST 366J 01 (22628) /EVST 369 Commodities of Colonialism in Africa Robert Harms W 1.30-3.20 Skills WR Areas Hu This course examines historical case studies of several significant global commodities produced in Africa to explore interactions between world market forces and African resources and societies. Through the lens of four specific commodities–ivory, rubber, cotton, and diamonds–this course evaluates diverse industries and their historical trajectories in sub-Saharan Africa within a global context from ~1870-1990s. Students  become acquainted with the historical method by developing their own research paper on a commodity using both primary and secondary sources. 
 
HSAR 383 01 (22067) Sacred Space in South Asia MW 10.30-11.20 Areas Hu 1 HTBA “Sacred” space in the Indian subcontinent was at the epicenter of human experience. This course presents Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Jain monuments and the gamut of social meanings and activities associated with them. Moving from the ritual spaces of the Indus Valley Culture to nineteenth-century colonial India, we learn how the organization and imagery of these spaces supported devotional activity and piety. We learn too how temples, monasteries, and shrines supported the pursuit of pleasure, amusement, sociability, and other worldly interests. We also explore the symbiotic relationship between Indian kingship and religion, and the complex ways in which politics and court culture shaped sacred environments. The course concludes with European imaginings of Indian religion and religious places. 
 
HSHM 412 (21046)/ HIST 429J Laboratory Life Chitra Ramalingam Th 1.30-3.20 Skills WR Areas Hu The laboratory is the iconic space of modern science, where unruly nature is tamed and controlled, and scientific facts are made. Through historical, ethnographic, and sociological approaches to lab science, this course explores how an obscure, secretive site for managing alchemical labor in medieval Europe became the globally dominant mode of producing universal experimental knowledge across the modern sciences. We consider issues of labor, skill and class; gender and race; pedagogy and the politics of profession; state, industrial, and corporate laboratories; secrecy and openness; place and geography; and the implication of labs in geopolitical webs of power, inequality, and exploitation. Undergraduate enrollment limited to juniors and seniors. 
 
HSHM 415 01 (21049) /HIST 179J Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion Ivano Dal Prete W 3.30-5.20 Skills WR Areas Hu The engagement between science and religion from a historical standpoint and a multicultural perspective. The Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian traditions; the roots of modern creationism; salvation expectations and the rise of modern science and technology. General knowledge of western and world history is expected. 
 
HSHM 427 (25046)/HIST 187J Indigenous Life, Settler Colonization, Conservation, and Medicine in 19th/20th C. Canada Zoe Todd Th 9:25am – 11:15am  Skills WR  Areas Hu  This course explores the historical trajectory of State efforts to disrupt and control Indigenous life and nonhuman life on the Plains and in the subarctic in the late 19th and early 20th century (the period 1870-1945). It explores how biomedicine, conservation, and food policies were employed as means to disrupt Indigenous selfdetermination and were coupled with efforts to destroy kinship relations in the North/West. This course explicitly examines science and medicine as modes of genocidal policy making and praxis in late 19th and early 20th century Canada. 
 
 
HSHM 479 01 (21054) /EVST 368/HIST 491J/RLST 368 The History of the Earth from Noah to Darwin Ivano Dal Prete  T 1.30-3.20 Skills WRAreas Hu  Young earth creationism and flood geology have long been among the most divisive features of American culture and politics. Yet a basic postulate is shared across the spectrum: for better or worse, the old age of the Earth is regarded as the recent product of a secular science, consistently rejected by traditional Christianity. This seminar challenges this longestablished narrative, by uncovering the surprising boldness, complexity, and societal diffusion of pre-modern debates on the history of the Earth, and of humankind itself. Students have opportunity to explore the nature, assumptions, and methods of Earth sciences before the advent of modern geology, to question ingrained assumptions about their relation to religion and society, and to place outstanding issues into historical perspective. How have the great monotheistic religions dealt with the possibility of an ancient Earth? Was a young creation always important in traditional Christianity? If not, what led to the emergence of young Earth creationism as a force to be reckoned with? What are the intellectual roots of American preadamism, which claims that the black and white races were created at different times and do not descend from the same ancestor? These and other questions are addressed not only through scholarly literature in the field, but also with the analysis of literary, visual, and material sources available on campus.  
 
HSHM 483 01 (21058) Health, Disease, and Racial Difference in Modern America Sakena Abedin Th 9.25-11.15 Areas Hu Exploration of the meanings attributed to black-white differences in health from the late-nineteenth century to the present with an emphasis on the mutual construction of race and health/disease. Topics include specific diseases, (cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, HIV) as well as health activism, ‘health disparities’ research, and genomics.  
 
LITR 330 01 (22575) /HUMS 330 Heidegger’s Being and Time Martin Hägglund MW 11.35-12.50 Areas Hu Systematic, chapter by chapter study of Heidegger’s Being and Time, arguably the most important work of philosophy in the twentieth-century. All major themes addressed in detail, with particular emphasis on care, time, death, and the meaning of being. 
 
PLSC 219 01 (21448) /EVST 247/EP&E 497 Politics of the Environment Peter Swenson Areas So Historical and contemporary politics aimed at regulating human behavior to limit damage to the environment. Goals, strategies, successes, and failures of movements, organizations, corporations, scientists, and politicians in conflicts over environmental policy. Focus on politics in the U.S., including the role of public opinion; attention to international regulatory efforts, especially with regard to climate change. 
 
PLSC 257 01 (23395) Bioethics and Law Stephen Latham Areas Hu The treatment by American law of major issues in contemporary biomedical ethics: informed consent, assisted reproduction, abortion, endof-life care, research on human subjects, stem cell research, and public health law. Readings include legal cases, statutes, and regulations. No background in law assumed. 
 
PLSC 332 01 (21457) /EP&E 299 Philosophy of Science for the Study of Politics Hélène Landemore Areas So An examination of the philosophy of science from the perspective of the study of politics. Particular attention to the ways in which assumptions about science influence models of political behavior, the methods adopted to study that behavior, and the relations between science and democracy. Readings include works by both classic and contemporary authors. 
 
WGSS 260 01 (22150) Food, Identity and Desire Maria Trumpler  W 9.25-11.15 Exploration of how food—ingredients, cooking practices, and appetites— can intersect with gender, ethnicity, class, and national origin to produce profound experiences of identity and desire. Sources include memoir, cookbooks, movies, and fiction. 
 
 WGSS 355/SAST 461  (22268) Gender, Development and Technology Inderpal Grewal and Deepti Chatti W 3:30-5:20
Will technology lift all boats? Can it help address global inequalities and solve social and environmental problems? From solar power in Puerto Rico, to biometric ID cards believed to efficiently deliver welfare, to new cookstoves in India that promise to help women, how is technology imagined to furthering the project of ‘development’ that is often seen as synonymous with progress and economic growth? This course surveys a wide range of perspectives, histories, and dilemmas with the goal of understanding how to think of ‘development’ and ‘technology for development’ as subjects of study. We examine the gendered targets of development projects, as well as those who create and imagine these projects. We are especially interested in examining relations between development and economy, development and politics, development and technology. In addition to examining gender (often understood to mean just women) as a key aspect of development, this course uses a critical feminist lens to explore a range of issues, including discourses and practices of development within struggles over power, history and culture, the relation between development projects of today in relation to colonial projects and ideologies of ‘improvement’ and ‘the civilizing mission’ that were built on particularly racialized, sexualized, and gendered ideas. We also consider how the issue of gender and development has changed over time to include questions of gay rights, disability, and protections for children. In this way, we explore how ‘macro’ agendas have shaped the lives of millions of men and women living across the globe.