Select from the menu of courses using the Online Residential College Request Form.

RESC 098 08 CRN: 16519
Environmental Problems in Popular Culture
Prof. Brandn Green, Environmental Center

Fulfills the following requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Service Learning, Writing Level 1

If Madonna suggested that you could save the planet by driving less, would you start riding a bike? How worried are you about toxins found in toys or plastic water bottles? What is a CSA and is it related to the cuteness of Pandas? These are sort of silly examples of the topics we will discuss in the seminar, Popular Culture and Environmental Problems. We will survey how environmental problems in the United States since the 1960s have been created, conceptualized and forgotten through the outlets of visual and print media, art, consumer products, advertising and books. The material of the class includes a mixture of disciplinary perspectives and approaches for exploring how environmental topics are understood. The goal of the class is to help each student become aware of how participation in a culture influences an individual, how environmental issues are presented in contemporary American pop culture, and how to become more thoughtfully and critically engaged with the world we receive.

This seminar is for students in the Environmental Residential College, and includes a required fourth "common hour" shared with other Environmental College classes, together with a weekend field trip. The common hours, the weekend trip, and final projects for the Residential College Symposium, will be focused this year on sustainability, with the theme of "Eco-mobility and Community Boundaries."



RESC 098 18 CRN: 16959
Christianity & Sustainability
Prof. Alfred Siewers, English

Fulfills the following requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Service Learning, Writing Level 1

How do spirituality and imagination help shape our approaches to the environment? We'll examine fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, along with influential reflections on the environment such as Pilgrim on Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard and Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher, and works by the Romantic poet Samuel Coleridge. At the same time we'll consider how biblical ideals of agrarianism are being applied to America's inner cities as well as to Amish-Mennonite communities in the area around Bucknell. The focus will be on environmental writings and expressions in a variety of Christian traditions, but will include other cultural perspectives such as those of Buddhism and Judaism, and those of people without religious affiliation. At the same time we'll learn more about how to write and think critically about our world today. All faith or non-faith backgrounds are welcome, and no previous knowledge is assumed.

This seminar is for students in the Environmental Residential College, and includes a required fourth "common hour" shared with other Environmental College classes, together with a weekend field trip. The common hours, the weekend trip, and final projects for the Residential College Symposium, will be focused this year on sustainability, with the theme of "Eco-mobility and Community Boundaries."

 

RESC 098 21 CRN: 17140
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Prof. Katsuyuki Wakabayashi, Chemical Engineering

Fulfills the following requirements:
Engineering Social Sciece, Service Learning, Writing Level 1

The world we live in is filled with "stuff" - made of different types of materials such as metals, ceramics, plastics, and rubbers. Some things are naturally occurring, while many are synthetic. Some have a short-use life, some are longer-lasting. As we continuously consume more products as a society, how effective are we at handling these everyday items in an environmentally friendly fashion? We will examine a wide range of case studies involving the principle of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and investigate key factors in each. Even though these eco-conscious efforts often focus on technical issues, we will approach them also from a broader, liberal arts perspective to include the non-technical aspects. Topics will include: What economic factors determine which types of plastics are "recyclable"? What regulations dictate incineration of municipal wastes? What types of social pressures influence people in buying new versus used products? This seminar welcomes students of all levels of eco-friendliness, and does not require scientific or engineering knowledge.

This seminar is for students in the Environmental Residential College, and includes a required fourth "common hour" shared with other Environmental College classes, together with a weekend field trip. The common hours, the weekend trip, and final projects for the Residential College Symposium, will be focused this year on sustainability, with the theme of "Eco-mobility and Community Boundaries."

 

Close

Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in Bucknell.edu. If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.