Sample Syllabus

Instructors may order a desk copy of Green Illusions.

Some Companion Texts:

  • Companion Reader (edited volume): Deborah Johnson and Jameson Wetmore. Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future, 2009.
  • David L. Goldblatt. Sustainable Energy Consumption and Society, 2005.
  • Guy Debord. Society of the Spectacle. 1988.
  • Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change. 2010.
  • Michael J. Graetz. The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment Security, and Independence. 2011.
  • James Gustave Speth. The Bridge at the End of the World. 2008.
  • Michael Huessemann and Joyce Huessemann. Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Planet. 2011
  • Jerry Mander. The Capitalism Papers. 2012.

Some readings that instructors are assigning with Green Illusions:

Green Illusions Introduction: “Unraveling the Spectacle”

Green Illusions Ch.1: “Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales”

 

Green Illusions Ch.2: “Wind Power’s Flurry of Limitations”

 

Green Illusions Ch.3: “Biofuels and the Politics of Big Corn”

 

Green Illusions Ch.4: “The Nuclear-Military-Industrial Risk Complex”

 

Green Illusions Ch.5: “The Hydrogen Zombie”

 

Green Illusions Ch.6: “Conjuring Clean Coal”

  • Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future: “Introduction to Part II: The Relationship Between Technology and Society”.
  • Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future: Thomas P. Hughes “Technological Momentum”.

 

Green Illusions Ch.7: “Hydropower, Hybrids, and Other Hydras”

 

Green Illusions Ch.8: “The Alternative-Energy Fetish”

  • Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future: E.M. Forster “The Machine Stops”.
  • Video: Naomi Oreskes. Merchants of Doubt (http://vimeo.com/16169321).
  • Shannon May. “Ecological Modernism and the Making of a New Working Class” in Adrian Parr and Michael Zaretsky, New Directions in Sustainable Design (New York and London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 37-51.
  • Curtis White. The Philanthropic Complex. Jacobin (http://jacobinmag.com/2012/04/the-philanthropic-complex/)

 

Green Illusions Ch.9: “The First Step”

  • BK Sovacool. 2007. “Coal and nuclear technologies: creating a false dichotomy for American energy policy.” Policy Sciences 40:101-122.
  • Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future: Bruce Schneier “Security Trade-Offs Are Subjective” and “Technology Creates Security Imbalances”.
  • Charles Lindblom. Inquiry and Change (Introduction, Ch.1, Ch. 2).

 

Green Illusions Ch.10: “Women’s Rights”

 

Green Illusions Ch.11: “Improving Consumption”

  • Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future: Jameson M. Wetmore “Amish Technology: Reinforcing Values and Building Community”.
  • James Gustave Speth. The Bridge at the End of the World. 2008 (Ch.6 – Real Growth: Promoting the Well-being of People and Nature & Ch. 7 – Consumption: Living with Enough, Not Always More).

 

Green Illusions Ch.12: “The Architecture of Community”

  • James Scott, “Authoritarian High Modernism,” in Seeing like a State. How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (New Haven: Yale UP, 1998), pp. 87-102.
  • Jane Jacobs, “The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety” in Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout (eds.), The City Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 103-108.
  • Roger K Lewis, “As land use planning changes, ‘zoning’ is no longer appropriate” The Washington Post, February 15, 2013. Full Article

 

Green Illusions Ch.13: “Efficiency Culture”

 

Green Illusions Ch.14: “Asking Questions”