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Artificial intelligence (AI) has captured the attention of businesspeople, scientists, and engineers worldwide. Across industries, leaders are seeking ways to create value through machine learning and other frontier technologies. Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Alibaba have made...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Mark Esposito
The course covers current concepts of human aging including the challenge that human aging presents to evolutionary theory.  We will explore cellular and molecular aging research in model systems; focus on the underlying mechanisms involved in the wear and tear of life, and discuss the impacts of...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Noreen Tuross
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An introduction to the science of global warming/ climate change, meant to assist students to process issues that often appear in the news and public debates. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, and consequences of the rise of greenhouse gasses including sea level rise, ocean acidification, heat...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Eli Tziperman
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Uses the latest results of archaeology, written sources, environmental sciences, genetics, GIS, etc., to study the changes, violent or subtle, that transformed the Roman world to produce medieval civilization between ca. 300 and 700. Topics include Constantine's conversion; economic recovery,...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Michael McCormick
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Despite globalization, the nation is still a major actor in today's world. This course tries to understand why this is so by examining the role that nationalism plays in peoples’ identities and the effects of globalization on nations and nation-states. It includes theoretical texts, but also case...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Nicolas Prevelakis
This seminar is a critical introduction to the history and historiography of energy, a field entangled with the history of fossil-fueled climate change. We will work our way back into the history of energy, using theories of energy to rethink such key issues as industrialization, labor, empire, and...
Research Areas: Energy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Ian J. Miller
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An introduction to the science of global warming/ climate change, meant to assist students to process issues that often appear in the news and public debates. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, and consequences of the rise of greenhouse gasses including sea level rise, ocean acidification, heat...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Eli Tziperman
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Humanity currently faces a rapidly worsening environmental situation in light of the global climate crisis: rising seas and ocean acidification, deforestation and ecosystem collapse, and species extinction at alarming rates.  Behind these worrying developments, however, lies a human history of...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Patrick Whitmarsh
The purpose of this course is to develop understanding and guide student research of human and environmental systems. In class we will explore agriculture, conflict, and transmissible disease. Study of each topic will involve introduction data, mathematical models, and analysis techniques that...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Peter Huybers
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Sustainable infrastructure (SI) has been recognized as the central pillar of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable infrastructure strives to enhance access to basic services, promote environmental sustainability, and support inclusive growth through its endeavor...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Cristina Contreras Casado, Judith Irene Rodriguez
This course is an introduction to the analysis of the causes and character of international conflict and cooperation. Theories of international relations are presented and then applied to contemporary and historical cases. The course begins with a foundational review of the different levels at...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Dustin Tingley
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Climate change, urbanization, and conflict mean that global disasters are on the rise.  How should the world respond when disasters force people from their homes?  How can we better help the world’s refugees?  This course examines the past, present, and future of the international humanitarian...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Michael VanRooyen
Professor: Stephanie Kayden
A century after science fiction studies solidified as a discipline and entered popular culture, Hollywood science fiction cinema captivates audiences by the radical transformations of the human condition it envisions. Technological immortality, time travel, teleportation, parallel universes,...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Charlotte Szilagyi
The purpose of this course is to develop understanding and guide student research of human and environmental systems. In class we will explore agriculture, conflict, and transmissible disease. Study of each topic will involve introduction data, mathematical models, and analysis techniques that...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Peter Huybers
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Capitalism organizes society around individual pursuits of material gain. Capitalism seems to have won the great ideological struggle with other ways of organizing society. But there is much discontent. The Occupy Movement made clear that even Americans now care about excessive inequality, and many...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Mathias Risse
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Protests over government policies have become more commonplace in both advanced and emerging countries around the world. Angry citizens complain about a wide range issues including inequality, privacy, democracy, immigration, trade, job security, health care, and climate change. Are governments...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Peter Marber
Big changes are coming to the way we generate our electricity, with renewables like wind and solar displacing fossil fuels for both environmental and economic reasons.  A future of carbon-free electricity is possible, but by no means inevitable.  What will it take to get there?  The transition away...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Douglas Finkbeiner
This course explores the fundamentals of marine biology. Students learn about the complex lifestyles of organisms whose home spans three quarters of our planet. We take a process-driven approach, focusing first on the fundamentals: the interrelated processes of marine physiology, ecology, and...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Aaron Hartmann
The covid-19 pandemic has poignantly illustrated what can happen when scientific advice is ignored.  Yet, at the same time, opinion surveys show that many Americans are distrustful of science and scientists, particularly when scientific findings seem to contradict their worldview. This class...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Naomi Oreskes
Professor:
We live in a world that is shaped by science and technology. As a modern citizen who will lead the U.S. and the world in the coming generation, we should be cognizant of the rapidly changing landscape of science and technology and be ready to be active participants in the decision-making processes...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Hongkun Park
This course is designed specifically for secondary school educators interested in deepening their expertise as readers and teachers of literature. In the course, we consider the evolving relationship of American poets to the environment from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Emily...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Elisa New, Gillian Osborne
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In this course, students survey important American contributions to twentieth- and twenty-first-century American environmental nonfiction. From the founding of the National Park Service (1916) to the first Earth Day (1970) and onward to America's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Collier Brown
Concepts and applications of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics for environmental science and engineering. Notes: ESE 164 is also offered as E-PSCI 164. Students may not take both for credit. Recommended Prep: Physical Sciences 11 or equivalent in general chemistry.
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Scot Martin
Professor:
This course will provide students with an introduction to current topics in environmental science and engineering by providing: an overview of current environmental issues, critically evaluating their underlying science and knowledge limitations, and exploring the best-available engineering...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Professor:
Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union, both campaigned against toxic exposures in the mid-20th-century United States and yet are rarely considered in tandem. This course puts the writings and activism of these two women in...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Sarah Dimick
Concepts and applications of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics for environmental science and engineering. Notes: EPS 164 is also offered as ESE 164. Students may not take both for credit. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Atmosphere(s) and Oceans. The course schedule is...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Scot Martin
Professor:
This course considers the relationships between systems of human injustice and environmental issues—including industrial disasters, ocean acidification, and resource extraction. We examine environmental justice writing and artwork with a transnational, interconnected approach. For example, we ask...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities, Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Sarah Dimick
Statistical inference, deterministic and stochastic models of data, denoising and filtering, data, visualization, time series analysis, image processing, Monte Carlo methods. The course emphasizes hands-on learning using real data drawn from atmospheric and environmental observations, applied by...
Research Areas: Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Steven Wofsy
Professor: Roger Fu
Introduction to the mechanics of fluids and solids, organized around earth and environmental phenomena. Conservation laws, stress, deformation and flow. Inviscid fluids and ocean gravity waves; Coriolis dominated large scale flows. Viscosity and groundwater seepage; convective cells; boundary...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: James Rice
Professor:
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Bernardo Lemos
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: James Rice
Professor:
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: James Rice
Professor:
Course Requirements: Graduate Level Courses (300 and 3000) for E-SPCI Ph.D candidates only.
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Scot Martin
Professor:
This course provides a cross-disciplinary overview of environmental science and how research contributes to public policy and human health risk assessment through a case study of a global pollution issue: lead biogeochemistry. The scientific foundations of environmental research methods are...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Elsie Sunderland
Professor:
An advanced language and culture class that examines literature and films portraying the political, sociological, financial and environmental impact of multinational companies doing business in Latin America. Students' linguistic competency is developed through discussion of the ethics of business...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Adriana Gutierrez
Archaeological approaches to settlement and land use at the regional scale. Issues will include settlement systems, agricultural and pastoral systems, the role of humans environmental change, and also the methods used to investigate them. Class Notes: Meeting time will be determined based on the...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Jason Ur

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