Coming to Pratt Spring 2013: Production, Consumption, and Waste

What happens to these bottles when we put them in the trash? Why do we put them in the trash? Questions that will arise in SS 490-27.

Following the initial offering of SUST 201 The Sustainable Core, I’m debuting a new course at Pratt for spring semester.  SS 490-27 Production, Consumption, and Waste while it has no prerequisites, is a more advanced seminar focusing on the ways production and consumption patterns from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the present day have shaped the waste stream, the ways we have defined and handled waste, the consequences of that waste, and ways in which we might reduce the impact of our waste.  Here’s a quick summary:

SS 490-27 Production, Consumption, and Waste
What happens to the trash we toss in dumpsters?  How do we determine what waste is, and why do we make so much of it?  Learn about the environmental and social consequences of mass production and disposal (past and present), and ways to make the waste stream safer.

Spring 2013: Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:20pm.  3 credit hours.

The reading list is still coming together, but the range of topics will in many ways resemble the scope of the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, as I kept in mind that reference work’s utility in the classroom when I was editing it.  (Students will not have to buy the book, let alone lug it around!)

Registration is limited to 15 students, and I am happy to answer any questions curious students may have about using SS 490-27 for elective credit, readings, course expectations, or any other details.

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