In this course we will analyze interrelationships between humans and their environments using an anthropological lens. We will study human biological and cultural adaptations to a variety of biomes. We will explore the impacts of human behavior on ecosystems including, for instance, fossil fuel usage and industrialized agriculture; a theme throughout the semester will therefore be climate change. The course also introduces the significance of economic systems to ecosystems. As such, we will consider topics such as consumption, resources and privilege, and human health. Throughout the semester and as our conclusion we will emphasize the importance of resilience, creativity, and action in addressing ecological concerns.
This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center
This course can be applied toward:
ANTH 100 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) or ANTH 200 (Cultures and the Global System); ANTH 120 (Human Origins and Variation) or BZ 101 (Humans and Other Animals) or LAND 220/LIFE 220 (Fundamentals of Ecology).
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (2009)
Crate, Susan A. and Nuttall, Mark
- Human Adaptability: An Introduction to Ecological Anthropology, 3rd Ed. (2008)
Moran, Emilio F.
Dr. Suzanne Kent is a sociocultural anthropologist. Her areas of interest include transnational migration, globalization, gender, and international development. Suzanne has also been studying the ‘production of consumers’ or the ways that cultural and economic systems shape consumption-related beliefs and behaviors. She has a variety of experiences in Latin America, and she conducted her doctoral research in the small Central American country of El Salvador.
Outside of academic life, Dr. Kent enjoys recreating in the mountains, cooking, reading novels, and simply spending time with friends and family. She also likes to get around town on her bike and is grateful to live in a community that makes this an option!