New Collegiate Division

The New Collegiate Division offers a variety of interdisciplinary courses in addition to those particularly related to the concentration programs. One of the purposes of the division is to provide a forum for new ideas in teaching: certainly only one such forum among many in the College and the University, but for some teachers, and for some subjects cutting across familiar academic lines, the most convenient one. These courses are as a rule open to all students. Indeed, they usually aspire to attract students with different interests and backgrounds.


21100. Global Environmental Politics (=ENST 24900, NCDV 21100, PBPL 24200, PLSC 21100). This course offers an introduction to global environmental politics. Explorations in selected environmental issue areas are used to identify the roles, interests, and behavior of main actors such as states, international organizations, NGOs, and the business community. Major contemporary debates are introduced that relate environmental issues to trade liberalization, security, global justice, and human rights. These analyses provide students with analytical tools to further explore environmental issues. H. P. Schmitz. Spring.

21200. Introduction to Environmental Studies (=ENST 21200, NCDV 21200). We analyze the impact of the human enterprise on the natural world that sustains it. Topics include human population dynamics; the role of economic and industrial activity in human well-being; our use of natural resources (e.g., energy, soil, and water); biodiversity; prospects for sustainable development; and the role of cultural institutions and values in these matters. The format includes reading and discussing diverse sources and writing a short paper each week. T. Steck. Autumn.

24100. The Environment in U.S. Politics (=ENST 24100, NCDV 24100, PBPL 22600, PLSC 20300). Environmental policy has frequently been forged amidst major public controversy. This course considers the role played by environmental issues and ideas in U.S. politics from the late eighteenth century to the present. These issues are analyzed in the context of theories of political behavior and the changing social values regarding the relationship between humans and the environment. L. Raymond. Autumn.

25000. What Environmental Crisis? (=BPRO 25500, ENST 28400, NCDV 25000). PQ: Open to fourth-year students with no prior Environmental Studies course. Consent of instructor. Various aspects of global environmental change are considered in successive weeks by a team of specialists from several disciplines (e.g., anthropology, ecology, economics, ethics, geography, geosciences, law, political science, public policy, and sociology). The goal is to apply several traditional modes of thought to the analysis of a "big problem:" human impact on the natural world. The format is the reading and discussing of diverse sources and the writing of a short paper each week. T. Steck, Staff. Winter.

27300. Is Development Sustainable? (=BPRO 23400, ENST 24400, HIPS 23400, NCDV 27300, PBPL 24400, PLSC 21200). PQ: Open to fourth-year students with no prior Environmental Studies course. This is a discussion course intended for senior students without an environmental background. Its aim is to develop skills in analyzing "big problems" that surpass the scope of traditional disciplines and single paradigms. These include human population growth, the unintended consequences of technology, the conflict between economic development and the preservation of our habitat, and choices regarding the allocation of resources to present versus future needs. T. Steck, Staff. Spring.

27700. The Radicalism of Job and Ecclesiastes (=FNDL 24600, HUMA 23500, JWSC 23500, NCDV 27700). Both Job and Ecclesiastes dispute a central doctrine of the Hebrew Bible, namely, the doctrine of retributive justice. Each book argues that a person's fate is not a consequence of his or her religious-moral acts and thus the piety, whatever else it is, must be disinterested. In brief, the authors of Job and Ecclesiates, each in his own way, not only "de-mythologizes," but "de-moralizes" the world. The students read the books in translation and discuss their theological and philosophical implications. H. Moltz. Spring.

28000. World of Biblical Prophets (=HUMA 28000, JWSC 23400/33400, NCDV 28000). This course offers an in-depth analysis of the biblical prophets. Each prophet is set in historical time and within a particular societal context. Against this background, a profile of the man is drawn. What was he like as social reformer and religious thinker? What did he say "no" to in society and "no" to in organized worship? And to what did he say "yes?" How was his message received and what influence did it have in its day? And, finally, is the individual prophet merely a historical figure or a curiosity of antiquity, or does he speak to us in our age? H. Moltz. Autumn.

29700. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of faculty supervisor and program chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Must be taken for a letter grade. This course is designed for New Collegiate Division students whose program requirements are best met by study under a faculty member's individual supervision. The subject, course of study, and requirements are arranged with the instructor. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29800. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of faculty supervisor and New Collegiate Division master. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Available for either Pass or letter grading. Students in divisions other than the New Collegiate Division may arrange a tutorial with a member of the New Collegiate Division faculty. Registration for this course and information about the tutorial arrangement must be reported to the office of the New Collegiate Division master. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. Independent Study. PQ: Open to New Collegiate Division concentrators with consent of faculty supervisor and program chairman. Must be taken P/F. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.