ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Fall 2022, Section 005 - Environment, Religions, Spirituality and Sustainability
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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The present age in geological history is now referred to as the Anthropocene in recognition of the overwhelming impact of human society on the natural world. This course will examine current trends in human impacts on the environment and identify which social, cultural, economic, and technological activities are sustainable/unsustainable.

We will examine these questions through various frameworks of knowledge. We will avail ourselves of the best scientific information regarding the status and likely future of the biosphere. We will also engage in intentional practices that help us encounter the natural world. The seminar will also explore various ways of being-in-the-world, especially as these have been envisioned through traditional and contemporary religions and spirituality.

Religions to be considered include world religions, both eastern and Abrahamic, as well as indigenous religions and contemporary “dark green” religions. The consideration of spirituality is based on individuals' experiences and recognition of "sacred" or "ultimate" realities that are variously understood and characterized.

Students enrolling in this seminar will have varying backgrounds of knowledge and experience in relation to the environment, science, religion / spirituality, and unsustainability / sustainability. This course welcomes:

  • Students with religious commitments in traditional faith communities;
  • Students who identify themselves as agnostics, atheists, secular humanists, skeptics, or ‘undecideds’;
  • Students who have formulated their own system of values and related belief systems and practices.

This seminar’s opportunity for the participatory inquiry will require enrolled students to engage in respectful dialogue along with acceptance of people with backgrounds and present commitments and beliefs that are different from their own.

Intended Audience:

First year students

Class Format:

Learning Mode: All class meetings will be taught synchronously and In-Person for the Fall 2022 term.

Instruction Mode: The class meets twice a week in person.


ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
005 (SEM)
 In Person
5Enrollment Management
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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