City and Hinterland (Canceled)

Valerie Imbruce

Cities have always been intimately connected to their rural hinterlands. The waterways and farmland surrounding cities gave rise to urban commerce and population density. In turn, urban growth resulted in the pollution and destruction of the natural environment. Now, as rural to urban migration continues at rapid rates, cities face the new challenge of housing over half of the world’s population. In this course we will use New York City as a case study to examine the relationship between cities, their rural hinterlands, and the natural environment. Through course readings and research papers we will address the questions: How does New York shape nearby and distant agricultural landscapes? How do urban ideas of sustainability affect resource use and consumption patterns?

Prerequisites: Two courses in the social sciences or environmental studies, or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Environment, Four Credit, Updates, 4000, Advancement of Public Action, Valerie Imbruce, and tagged , , .