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Self and Other Course Pairing

Human, Animal, Machine: Environmental Philosophy (PL236)

In this course we look beyond our human selves to that other, natural, world of which we are a part. Is nature a kindly mother? Wild and dangerous? A resource for our use? Are animals mindless machines, or do they possess modes of intelligence that we have not begun to understand? If we are to escape eco-peril we must re-think and re-discover the natural world.

Faculty biography

Drew Leder has a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has taught at Loyola for many years. His six books range in focus across issues of world spirituality, the philosophy of medicine, and the plight of inmates in maximum-security settings where he has long volunteered.

Global Environment (CH114D)

This course, for students of all backgrounds, investigates the role of the self and others in the global environment, with a focus on the promotion of justice through an understanding of the environmental impact of human activity.  In this course, students will learn how systems theory is used to understand the Earth system through exploration of the major systems of the Earth.  Students will also learn about the major environmental issues of the Anthropocene including human induced climate change; biodiversity loss that is causing a 6th mass extinction; distribution and availability of water resources; and the sources and impacts of pollution.  Students will explore environmental change and how it relates to environmental justice both during course activities and through self-guided learning.  Students guide their learning by choosing an environmental change issue; exploring their issue through reading, viewing and experiencing; and relating their exploration to the concept of justice through a series of essays and class projects..

Faculty Biography

Elizabeth Dahl is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.  Her research focuses on the sources of alkyl nitrates in the oceans and the impact on tropospheric chemistry which involves working both on ships and in the laboratory.  She has a PhD in Earth System Science from University of California, Irvine and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate research students during her time at Loyola.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time on kitchen chemistry with her future scientists.

Mentor Biography

Tracy McMahon is the Assistant Director of the Faculty Technology Center, within Technology Services. In her current role, Tracy provides strategic leadership to the FTC team and expertise in Instructional Design, professional development, and educational technologies. A Baltimore County native, she received her M.S. in Instructional Technology with a concentration in Instructional Design from Towson University. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys knitting, listening to live music, and exploring hiking trails and playgrounds in the city and surrounding counties with her 6 year old son. 


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