Added/Updated Courses

Below you will find a list of courses recently added or updated for the 5-C EA Program. Please contact your advisor to determine whether these courses can be used for the major corresponding to your school.

Sociology 189N: Ethical Consumption in the Global Age

This new course examines the increasingly common practice of purchasing goods branded as the “right” choice for environmental, social, political, and economic reasons. Topics include the role of consumer goods in social life; history of consumer activism and boycotts; human rights, environmental, and political-economic critiques of business practices; mainstreaming of alternative business models and the problem of “green” and “white” washing; producer support for and resistance to ethical trade; what it means to be an ethical consumer in the global age; and the promise and pitfalls of the practice. Issues of race, class, gender, and culture will be at the forefront of our approach to these topics. Readings will cover many industries, including coffee and other agricultural products, global supermarket chains, clothing, and hand-crafts, among others.

For more information, contact Dr. Nicki Lisa Cole at

Pitzer in Ontario

Pitzer in Ontario is an intensive semester-long community-based education program that combines a fifteen-hour per week internship with interdisciplinary coursework in urban studies, social change and community-based research. Students must enroll in the three core courses simultaneously, which together count for four credits: Ont 101. Critical Community Studies, Ont 104. Social Change Practicum and Ont 106. Qualitative Research Methods. Pitzer in Ontario is open to students of all the 5Cs—please speak with PIO staff and your advisor before enrolling. PIO is a fantastic program for EA majors, especially for students interested in issues of food justice, transportation justice, urban planning, or policymaking to apply that interest directly to our local community .

With theoretical foundations in the social sciences and a strong emphasis on experiential education, the program allows students to understand regional impacts of globalization and to engage in local social change efforts. These efforts are informed by long-standing relationships with community organizations, city agencies, and non-profits, and also by Ontario’s community organizing wing, which works with local youth organizers to identify and address pressing community issues.

FMI visit our website contact, or attend our info session Thursday, 11/10 at 4:30pm at the Grove House to hear from real, live PIO participants about their experience and ask questions to your heart’s content! And cookies!

Linda Vista Community Garden
The Ontario Wheelhouse
Warehouse Workers United
Inland Congregations United for Change
Holt Blvd: a project to collect community input and oral histories for city planning
and more!

Additional Spring 2012 Ontario offerings:
Ont 76. Community Organizing T. Dolan
Ont 88. Community Engagement Ethics M. Barcenas
Ont 110. Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Communities T. Hicks Peterson
MS 69. Media Praxis Ontario G. Lamb

EA 80 Social Engagement for Sustainable Development Doug Kot and James Weiner
Communities move more naturally to sustainable responses to development challenges when individuals within those communities are properly informed and engaged.  Social Engagement for Sustainable Development will begin by establishing definitions of sustainable development from literature and personal experience. Direct and indirect methods of social engagement and technical analyses for ecological design will be introduced through project-based learning techniques.  These methods and related processes are essential precedents to sustainable design and architectural practice. This course will investigate and synthesize research within the Bernard Biological Field Station site related to development of the Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability.

Guest lectures and working sessions are planned to explore alternative approaches related to integrative and regenerative design principles and practices.

There is no course number yet, so please keep your eyes out for this information once the course is finalized.  At this stage, I just want to make sure you are aware of this exciting offering.

PO SOCI 55 Population and the Environment Jill Grigsby

PO Phil 102 Science and Values Ann Davis
The course seeks to acquaint students with some of the ways that values (and norms, and practices) shape what we view as science, and how science is practiced. Part of that undertaking, and complementary to it, is a consideration of some of the ways that (beliefs about) science shape our understanding of our values.  Another string running through these beads is the tension between probabilistic reasoning and less scientifically sound plausibility stories, which poses interesting questions about how scientific explanations are understood by laypersons.
Readings will include selections from RESCUING SCIENCE FROM POLITICS; MERCHANTS OF DOUBT; HOW USERS MATTER; SCIENCE IN THE PRIVATE INTEREST, and THINKING FAST AND SLOW as well as material on some of the ways that race has been discussed in scientific contexts (especially race and genetics); readings on aspects of the technology vs. technique conversation; and readings on the law’s construction of the notion of legitimate scientific expertise (the Daubert decision). This is a lot of ground to cover: students interests will determine which of the topics are more central and which are more peripheral. The class will occasionally meet conjointly with Professor Worthington’s class (also an STS-oriented class, meeting at the same time).

The course will be divided into two parts. The first part of the course( roughly 60%) will cover some of the standard introductory philosophy of law canon, viz. material about what law is, judicial interpretation, rights, liberty, and harm.  The second part of the course will focus on issues concerning how the notion of race has been understood in the law, and how those (changing, and sometimes highly dubious) understandings of what race is and how it does (or doesn’t) matter have shaped constitutional decisions, and hence the legally accepted understanding of what minority status is (and is not).
Readings will include portions of: PHILOSOPHY OF LAW (Feinberg & Coleman, 8th edition), EQUALITY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND THE LAW (Ripstein), RACE LAW STORIES, and supplementary material from: WHAT BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION SHOULD HAVE SAID, CRITICAL RACE REALISM.