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ENV 240 Environmental Practices in American Culture and Society

Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Analysis of Human, Social, and Natural Phenomena.

Course Description: This course introduces students to research methods in anthropology and the social sciences that can be applied to the study of environmental practices in American culture and society. Over the course of the semester, students will gain practical knowledge and real experience by designing and carrying out their own ethnographic research on environmental practices at Pace University, from sampling and developing interview protocols and survey questionnaires, to collecting, organizing, and describing and analyzing the data. Methods include participant observation, in-depth interviews, and structured surveys. The emphasis is on the integration of quantitative and qualitative data. At the end of the course, students will write up the results of their research; their findings will be disseminated through the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS), and made available to the Pace community to help further the university’s mission: environmental sustainability.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Odd Years


3 credits