Environmental Issues in East Asia
Area of Study
Environmental Studies, International Studies
Taught In English
Host University Units4
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course explores how environmental transformations have intertwined with socioeconomic, cultural, and political processes in East Asia. The class focuses primarily on China, Japan, and Korea. Placing nonhuman nature at the center of East Asian history, politics, and societies, this course considers the changing relationships that people have developed with nonhuman actors and actants in this part of the world. Some of the major topics that we will discuss include forestry practices, water control systems, agriculture, climate, ecological change on imperial borderlands, war and the environment, human-animal interactions, economic development and pollution, and the growth of environmentalism. Students will be evaluated on their participation, short-writing assignment, field reports, and a final writing assignment. English is the language of instruction and evaluation.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.