ESPM 161




Study Guide




Course Information

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Department: Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley.

Department Office: 145 Mulford Hall; Student Services: 260 Mulford; ESPM Resource Center: 260 Mulford Hall.

Professor: Carolyn Merchant, 138 Giannini Hall, 642-0326; Mailbox: 130 Mulford Hall. Office hours: M. 1-2, Tu. 4-5, or by appointment. Course and GSI mailbox: 140 Mulford Hall, inner room.

Course Description

A cross-cultural comparison of human environments as physical, socio-economic, and technocultural ecosystems with special emphasis on the role of beliefs, attitudes, ideologies, and behavior. An examination of contemporary environmental literature and the philosophies embodied therein.


4 units: Two hours of lecture, one and one half hours of section and approximately 8 hours of outside work per week.

Participation: You are expected to do the readings and participate in section and Wednesday classroom discussions.

Papers: Four 1-page (single-spaced) responses to the readings based on the weekly discussion questions (see Study Guide). Your Environmental Ethic (6 pages, double-spaced). For due dates see Assignments. Late papers will be downgraded.

Creative Project: Your own creative response to nature, such as a poem, a short essay, a poster, an original song, piece of music, dance, art project, a short video, a nature walk or other participatory activity, or another project of your choice.

Examinations: Midterm and final examinations. Examinations will be based on the weekly discussion questions. There will be a choice.


15%—Participation in lecture and section discussions
20%—Papers (Four 1 page single-spaced papers; 5% each)
10%—Your Environmental Ethic
10%—Creative project
20%—Midterm examination
25%—Final examination

Course Materials

Texts: Available at ASUC bookstore; 2-hour reserve in Biosciences Library, VLSB

Carolyn Merchant. Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World. 2nd. ed. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Carolyn Merchant, ed. Key Concepts in Critical Theory: Ecology. 2nd. ed. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Press, Humanity Books, 2008.

ESPM 161 Course Reader, available at Krishna Copy Center, University Ave., at Milvia.