Brian Caton


Luther College

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Legacies of Gandhian thought part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
Students are assigned to read David Hardiman, _Gandhi in His Time and Ours: The Global Legacy of His Ideas_ (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003), ch. 4 ("An Alternative Modernity"). In class, students form small groups (4-6 students each) to discuss one of the two following sets of questions: To what extent was Gandhi's vision ('constructive programme') for India Romantic (or 'arcadian', to use Worster's term)? To what extent was it modern, if at all? On what assumptions about Indian society (or 'civilization') does this vision depend? Why did Gandhi's ashram experiments in autochthonous life fail? Why should they have worked (in other words, on what logic, assumptions, and principles did these experiments depend)? Where else might one undertake this kind of experiment–in other words, what kinds of environmental and social/political qualities would need to be present in order for such an experiment to succeed? Students then reassemble as a large group to report on the outcomes of their discussions.


Environmental History part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Courses
This course introduces students to the field of environmental history. Students examine the ways in which humans, plants, animals, and microbiota have acted as agents in the history of the world. The course emphasizes historical developments after 1300 and especially investigates the roles of science, colonialism, capitalism, and the state in changing the physical state of the environment and the ways humans understand their surroundings.

Other Contribution

Team Profile: Luther College part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM SAIL:2012 Seminar:Participant Pages
Ellen Drewes-Stoen, Brian Caton, and Scott Hurley Team Background Luther's team consists of members from three very diverse academic backgrounds. This diversity is an advantage, as our ultimate goal is to ...

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Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum - 2010