HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 004 United States Environmental History
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem, Theme
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Global warming and climate change! Energy shortages! An impending water crisis! Genetically altered foods! Natural disasters! Cloned animal products!! — the relations between human beings and the non-human world have never seemed so urgent or troubled as they do today. Each of these crises—and many others—has a history behind it. We have arrived at our environmental present through a series of human choices, made within the constraints imposed by the non-human world in which we live. Environmental history studies this past.

We will examine not simply historical documents, but also landscapes, maps, rivers, city streets, works of art, climate studies, demography, animal population studies, legal decisions, and more. The course, in other words, is explicitly interdisciplinary, drawing on a range of humanities and sciences. We will focus on the United States, taking as our primary case study our own back yard—the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. No special background is required. As a first-year seminar, the class will meet twice each week in a seminar setting, and will include walking trips through Ann Arbor and sessions at the Arboretum and at the Bentley Historical Library. Evaluation will be based on reading journals and a short primary-source research paper and class presentation. Course materials will include selected journal articles and books by Carolyn Merchant, Michael Pollan, and Mark Kurlansky.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21352
Open
2
1Y1
3Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 001: meets with CAAS 104.002
002 (SEM)
P
25609
Open
11
12LSA Hnrs Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
25610
Open
9
3Y1
2Enrollment Management
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 003: meets with AMCULT 103.003
004 (SEM)
P
25654
Open
3
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 004: meets with ENVIRON 139.004
005 (SEM)
P
26305
Open
8
8LSA Hnrs
20Enrollment Management
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
P
28150
Open
10
3Enrollment Management
8Y1
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 007: meets with ASIAN 253
008 (SEM)
P
28329
Open
2
2Y1
3Enrollment Management
-
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 008: meets with JUDAIC 150.001
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