Environmental Issues (Honors)
In this course you will examine multiple perspectives on complex environmental problems while attempting to understand the political, economic, and cultural forces that must be a part of any resolution. The course emphasizes the importance of determining our own biases, listening to other points of view, and learning to express our opinions in an articulate and respectful fashion. Environmental Issues is not a survey course where information is given in a lecture format. Instead, teachers and students work together to investigate three issues in depth, two are chosen by the class and the other is a study of climate change, the impacts and policy. Faculty help students learn to access, analyze, and articulate information in an effective manner. By speaking with people lined up on various sides of an environmental debate, we work – and sometimes struggle – to understand our own values as well as the needs and desires of the communities around us.