United States History and Expansion
Tensions In Sustainability Forum Series, Center for Ethics, Emory University
This module focuses on the environmental impact of society in the United States through three development periods: colonization, westward expansion, and suburban sprawl. To this end, the following overarching goals have been identified for this module.
- Participants understand how Americans’ current patterns of using and relating to the environment have developed over time.
- Participants are equipped with tools to imagine an alternate way of structuring society with minimal environmental impacts.
To prepare for this module kindly take some time to familiarize yourself with this guide. It is recommended that you spend some time researching general information about colonization, westward expansion, and suburban sprawl. You should have a basic understanding of these movements and be equipped to answer questions that might arise during this discussion.
- Print copies of the Envisioning an Alternate Future Handout found in the Teaching Materials section of this module. Try to ensure that each participant has a copy.
Preparation time should be about 2 hours. The implementation of the module will take 1 hour. Throughout the guide suggested times are provided for sections and sub-sections to assist the facilitator with time management.