The stuff we send out to the curb and down the drain is often
"out of sight and out of mind." This class will change that. We
will explore the processes and places that define how we make,
move, and manage waste in modern life and how they came to be
that way. From the local landfill to the waste water treatment
plant to an unregulated scrapyard for e-waste in the global
South, this course will highlight the human and environmental
costs of waste in modern consumer economies. After exploring the
history of waste-making and its impacts on the American
landscape, we will turn to a global perspective that explores
the consequences of increased consumption in emerging economies.
We will also engage in first-hand exploration of "spaces of
consumption" and "spaces of disposal" around the campus and
vicinity. Students will tackle critical questions about waste
and the environment while also developing their research,
writing, and presentation skills.