By the end of this course, you should be able to:
On Teaching and Learning
Being a graduate student means being both a student and a teacher, an admittedly awkward state of affairs. Keep in mind, however, that being a professor means exactly the same thing. Our primary goal in this class will be the creation of an intellectual community, in which we all must function as both teachers and learners. I encourage you to treat me and one another as equal partners in this endeavor. Indeed, I can think of no better professional goal--whatever your profession--than to become expert in the difficult task of balancing intelligence, knowledge, and preparation with humility, trust, and faith. Let us strive to achieve this goal together.
On Environmental Values
Just as medical education is biased toward health, and legal education is biased toward justice, this course is biased toward sustainability. It begins with the assumption that environmental health and environmental justice are desired goals. Such an assumption does not, however, imply that you must be an "environmentalist" to succeed in this course. In fact, we will spend much of the course discussing the disagreements that exist regarding environmental issues. While I will try to present the course material as objectively as possible, you should always think critically about the information you receive. Ultimately, my goal is to demonstrate not only that it is possible to distinguish between better and worse environmental choices, but also that good citizenship involves cultivating the knowledge and skills to make such choices wisely.
Last Modified: 29 August 2003