HC231H - Consumerism and the Environment

Professor: Galen Martin

4.00 credits

CRN 32929: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:20pm @ CHA 202

This course explores the environmental and social impacts of affluent consumers in the current world economic system.  We will attempt to articulate specific relationships, identify areas of environmental and social concern, and explore possible mechanisms for effectively addressing these issues.  Key concepts and ideas we will examine include: consumerism, affluence, the ethics of disparity, eco-labeling, full cycle analysis, commodification, carbon footprints, green marketing, convivial technology, new consumer societies, voluntary simplicity, and other responses to over-consumption.