GEOG 107, Waste Matters: Exploring the Abject, Discarded, and Disposable

Catalog Description: This experiential undergraduate seminar seeks to interrupt traditional managerial discourses about waste that view it as a technocratic problem and instead understand waste as deeply embedded in society, culture, and politics. In this class we will explore the myriad sociocultural, political, and economic processes on “the problem of waste” and also open up the classroom setting to an intimate and immersive engagement with the various lived experiences of people whom inhabit and are entangled ‘with/in/by waste’. To do so, the course combines weekly seminar discussions of key academic texts, supplemented with three ‘discovery experiences’ that speak to the multiple socio-political workings of waste.

Units: 3.0

Prerequisites: None


Summer: 6 weeks - 7.5 hours of seminar per week

Grading Basis: Letter

Final Exam Status: Alternative to final exam

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