The Anthropocene as an integrative lens to study human-environment relationships. 

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Sciences
Year / Level: 5
Theme(s): Climate Science; Climate Justice and Social Science



This course is restricted to graduate students. 

This graduate seminar will develop an intersectional, critical approach to the Anthropocene as a proposed geologic epoch but also an integrative lens through which to study contemporary human-environment relations. What is at stake is beyond each of us individually and, therefore, calls for interdisciplinary understanding, new forms of pedagogy, and deep societal mutations.

This seminar will offer tools to ask hard and often neglected questions about who embodies the anthropos and to think carefully, collaboratively, and critically about the concepts and methods of analysis deployed in various disciplinary spheres. Given that the issues facing us in this era of rapid global change are inherently interdisciplinary in nature, we aim to foster collaborative scholarship between students (and faculty) from a variety of scholarly backgrounds.

Through the joint production of a new digital and public-facing output, you will also engage in the practice of open science. This is aimed at generating the kinds of researcher-practitioners needed to collectively lead society towards sustainable, resilient, and just futures.

Learning Goals

  1. Be able to analyze and reflect on the Anthropocene from different standpoints and disciplines
  2. Understand the varied ontological, epistemological, and methodological assumptions that underpin Anthropocene-inspired inquiry, your own included
  3. Improve one’s capacity for transdisciplinary, collaborative, and reflexive scholarship at both the intra and interpersonal level
  4. Develop skills for communicating beyond the academy; understand the role of knowledge mobilization and public scholarship in Anthropocene research


Check SSC to see if the course is currently offered and if you meet pre-requisites etc.



Read a copy of the course syllabus to see reading lists, assignments, grading, and more.




Juanita Sundberg & Michele Koppes

"We aim to foster collaborative and creative scholarship between students (and faculty) from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds."