HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 005 Beyond Sustainability: The Methodology and Practices of Permaculture
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Course Note:
HONORS 135 will be seminar-style course with multiple sections of 15 first-year students each. Senior Honors students will engage the class in discussions on issues that have arisen from research and reading in the concentration.

Descriptions will be posted by May 31.

Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 09/03/13-11/05/13. (Drop/Add deadline=09/23/13.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Permaculture is a design science that uses patterns found in nature to create zero waste, regenerative systems. Can you imagine a grey water recycling system in someone's home or a food forest in nature where the outputs of one guild become the input to another, thus creating a closed loop design? As a way of life permaculture is centered on three moral ideals — care for the earth, care for the people, and equitable distribution of resources (earth care, people care, and fair share). As a design philosophy permaculture is guided by 12 methodological principles:

  1. Observe and Interact
  2. Catch and Store Energy
  3. Obtain a Yield
  4. Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback
  5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
  6. Produce No Waste
  7. Design From Patterns to Details
  8. Integrate Rather than Segregate
  9. Use Small and Slow Solutions
  10. Use and Value Diversity
  11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal
  12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Through this course, we will be using permaculture as a way to investigate the current sustainability of our earth, our society, and ourselves. You will learn how these principles can be applied to natural ecosystems, societal systems, and in our own daily lives to create a fulfilling and meaningful experience. We will also take the concept of sustainability a step further and look at ways in which we can regenerate these systems.

Course Requirements:

This is an experiential hands-on course with an intellectual thread. Students will receive credit based on blogging about the readings, guest speakers, and outside of class activities. Activities will include volunteering at the U-M Campus Farm, interviewing local business at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, and keeping a waste journal. Blogging can consist of everything from uploading a photo or video of your experience to reflecting on a guest speaker that came in to class. This course will also focus on the development of hard-skills such as grant writing, networking, interviewing, project development, multi-media utilization, etc. These, in partnership with the outside of class activities, will help prepare you for the nuances of thesis writing that all honors student will encounter.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of permaculture is required. This course is perfect for students who learn best by doing and have an urge to explore the University of Michigan community as well as the city of Ann Arbor through engaging activities. If you’re intrigued by these videos on YouTube and TED and you want to learn more about how to be the solution, this class is for you!

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
17555
Open
8
8LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
002 (SEM)
P
19469
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
003 (SEM)
P
17556
Closed
0
12LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
004 (SEM)
P
17557
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
005 (SEM)
P
18193
Open
7
7LSA Hnrs Y1
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Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
006 (SEM)
P
32649
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
007 (SEM)
P
18895
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
008 (SEM)
P
19470
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
009 (SEM)
P
22837
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Be sure to check the exact date your section starts.
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ISBN: 9780646418445
Permaculture : principles & pathways beyond sustainability, Author: Holmgren, David., Publisher: Holmgren Design Services 2002
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