The course and students
These are seniors in the Arts & Sciences Program, a small enclave within the university. Students in this program have a background of high academic achievement and are very motivated. Before they get to me, they’ve had courses in Western thought, statistics, calculus, creative arts, writing, logic, technology and society, literature, and physics. The 20 students in the class are a varied group, from different parts of Canada. Many are pursuing a second degree while in Arts & Sciences. All this means that a diverse group deal with issues of Ishmael that demand diversity. Though Environmental Inquiry is a very broad title, I didn’t want to be limited to any particular concept, like deep ecology or environmental management.