Cities and urbanization unequally shape urban natures, requiring communities to find a range of situated stewardship practices. The concept of civic ecology seeks to understand these practices that emerge as people seek more livable and ecologically linked futures, and ultimately shape their urban ecologies. Throughout the course, students will investigate their own lived experience and positionality, developing and sharing stories of their orientation to caring for meaningful places.
Lectures, readings and videos highlight examples of how transdisciplinary and participatory practices of stewardship seek to address unequal ecologies, particularly those shaped by processes of urbanization. Through the study of place, students learn about situated stewardship practices, particularly in the context of social and environmental justice. As a final project, students create a multimedia “story” of a civic ecology practice of their choosing.
RISD degree students: Satisfactory completion of this course with a ‘C’ or better can count as 3 transfer credits toward the HPSS elective requirements. This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head or major advisor using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
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June 22–July 31, 2020