In the Classroom, Sustainability | Earlham College Skip to Content

In the Classroom

Sustainability continues to be infused throughout the curriculum at Earlham, from majors focused in Environmental Studies and Science, to cross-disciplinary research, to sustainability internships and intersections between the curriculum and the co-curriculum, sustainability is a growing perspective of inquiry for the Earlham curriculum.

What does sustainability mean in the curriculum?

At Earlham, we adopt the following dynamic and evolving definition of sustainability: "Sustainability is the continuous effort to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by working toward a healthy environmental, social justice, and a strong economy."

Sustainability-focused courses concetrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Class Spotlight: Pedagogies of Place

IMG_0566 Professor of Environmental Studies and Education, Jay Roberts, teaches a spring semester course on Pedagogies of Place. The course is an introduction to environmental philosophy and is taught in a highly experiential way, using the Whitewater River and locales near in and around Richmond to explore philosophy taught in the classroom. The course asks students to explore the formation of our relationship with the natural world and the roles of education and schooling. Students look at concepts of nature, wilderness, ecology and environmentalism and are encouraged to consider and critique them in light of their functioning as "normative ideals" for a right relationship with the more than human world.

Related Links


Great Lakes Environmental Justice
Check out the website created by students in Deb Jackson's Cultural Politics of the Environmental course. The site features virutal ethnographic research conducted by students in the spring 2012 course.

Print Friendly and PDF