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Author: Kenneth Sayre

For questions regarding each of the readings from Unearthed,  see Discussion Questions.

Lesson Topic Readings
1 Introduction
2 The crisis anticipated

Boulding (1966); Ponting (1993); & Sayre, ch.1

3 Lecture #1 - Easter Island and entropy Sayre, Preface
4 Basics from thermodynamics Sayre, ch.1 & ch.2
5 Basics from ecology Sayre, ch.3
6 Humankind and the biosphere Sayre, ch.4
7 Lecture #2 - Ecology and structure Ponting, (1993) ch. 13.
8 The Crisis Sayre, ch.5
9 History of energy use leading to crisis Sayre, ch.6
10 Lecture #3 - The crisis: Excess entropy in the biosphere Meadows (1988)
11 Increasing energy use tied to economic growth Sayre, ch.7
12 Lecture #4 - Source of crisis: Economic growth Sayre, ch. 10
13 Purported solutions preserving growth Sayre, ch. 8 & ch. 9
14 Midterm
15 Lecture #5 - Recovery strategies preserving growth Sayre, ch. 12
16 Continued growth not justified Sayre, ch. 11
17 Growth driven by desire for wealth Sayre, ch.13
18 The limited resources of environmental ethics Sayre, ch.14
19 Lecture #6 - Production driven by social values Sayre, ch. 15
20 Leopold's land ethic Leopold (1949), "The Land Ethic"
21 Ecologically destructive values Sayre, ch.16
22 Values for social survival Sayre, ch.17
23 Lecture #7 - Dismantling consumer society Ponting (1993) ch. 15.
24 Student Papers
25 Student Papers
26 What one can do Sayre ch.18
27 Lecture #8 - Doing one's part
Gore (1992)
28 Review
29 Final
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