This site documents and shares our students’ fall semester 2020 work in ENVS 350, Environmental Theory, a senior-level Environmental Studies Program course at Lewis & Clark College. Here is the course description:
Advanced exploration of major theoretical assumptions underlying environmental studies, including the nature of environment, environmental knowledge (including role of sciences and humanities), and environmental problems and solutions. Intensive reading and writing, class discussions, and project-based application of theory to contemporary topics.
The visitor to this site may wonder: what do we mean by theory? The course adopts a simple working definition, approaching theory as something we do rather than mere speculation; following this approach, theory involves “reasonably systematic reflection on our guiding assumptions” (Eagleton 2004, 2).
Please contact the Lewis & Clark Environmental Studies Program if questions.
Eagleton, Terry. 2004. After Theory. New York: Basic Books.