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112 Coleman Hall
Environmental Studies Program
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Tel. (570) 577-1951
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Curriculum Vitae












Peter R. Wilshusen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies


FOUN 09#-31: Consuming Nature (Fall semester)

Consuming Nature is a foundation seminar for first-year students.   It focuses on the following core question: Is it possible for human societies to prosper without sacrificing the basis of existence (nature) in the process?   It focuses on basic skills like observation, critical analysis, close reading, writing, and oral presentation.   Topics covered include modern food production, the global oil economy/energy production, and global climate change.   Readings draw mainly from The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan 2006), Field Notes from a Catastrophe (Kolbert 2006), and The End of OIl (Roberts, 2004).   The main requirements are a group research project, argument paper, a reading journal, analytical exercises, and in class participation.

Consuming Nature is linked to the Environmental Residential College

Fall 2008 syllabus

Fulfills these CLA (common learning agenda) requirements: W1 (writing course), NFBW (natural and fabricated worlds), foundation seminar, SSHU (soc./hum. for engineers).

Prerequisites: none; first-year students only.

ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies (Fall semester)

Introduction to Environmental Studies is a survey course that draws students from across campus.   It introduces recurrent issues and broad themes of human-environment relations including: sustainability, population growth, consumption, land use, food production, energy production, biodiversity, water, toxics, and global climate change.   The course offers weekly lectures, reading-based discussions, as well as in-class exercises and debates.   The main texts include Annual Editions--Environment (Allen), and Environment: The Science Behind the Stories (Withgott and Brennan 2008).   Course requirements comprise two (2) in-class exams, an argument paper (+/- 10 pp.), in-class participation, analytical exercises, and a final exam.

Spring 2008 syllabus

Fulfills these CLA (common learning agenda) requirements: NFBW (natural and fabricated worlds), SOSC (social science),

Fulfills these ENST requirements: social science core (if taken before junior year),

Prerequisites: none; recommended for first-year and sophomore students.

ENST 215: Environmental Planning (Spring semester)

Environmental Planning covers the conceptual roots and practical challenges associated with applying notions of sustainability to urban and regional planning both domestically and internationally.   It spans historical and contemporary debates in planning theory, challenges of planning in developing world countries like Brazil, the conundrum of "sprawl" in the U.S., and attempts at sustainability planning in the U.S. and northern Europe.   Readings include The Ecology of Place (Beatley and Manning, 1997), Native to Nowhere (Beatley, 2004), and Seeing Like a State (Scott, 1998) along with individual articles and book chapters.   The main course requirements are: two (2) take home exams, the "My Hometown" project (research and analysis on hometown--2 papers), analytical exercises, and participation.

Fall 2008 syllabuss

Fulfills these CLA (common learning agenda) and engineering requirements: W2 (Writing course), NFBW (natural and fabricated worlds), EGSS (engineering social science), SOSC (social science), SSHU (soc./hum. for engineers).

Fulfills these ENST requirements: social science/humanities (list 4)

Prerequisites: none

ENST 325: Nature, Wealth, and Power (Fall semester)

Nature, Wealth, and Power is a reading seminar in political ecology. Political ecology is a sub-field of human geography and cultural anthropology that explores the political, economic, institutional, and historical dimensions of environmental and social change.  Most work in this area focuses on the “developing” regions of the world.  Readings for the course include King Leopold's Ghost (Hochschild, 1999), Imperial Nature (Goldman, 2005), Conservation is Our Government Now (West, 2006), and Brewing Justice (Jaffee, 2007). They emphasize the historical ties between colonialism and international development, distribution of resources and wealth within the “modern world system,” the role of multi-lateral development institutions such as the World Bank, linkages between nature conservation and sustainable development, and the vagaries of fair trade markets.  Material covered will draw on cases from Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Requirements include reading critiques, analytical essays, a research paper, and participation.

Spring 2009 syllabus

Fulfills these CLA (common learning agenda) requirements: W2 (writing course), NFBW (natural and fabricated worlds), SOSC (social science).

Fulfills these ENST requirements: social science/humanities (list 4)

Prerequisites: none