ENVIRON 223 - Trashed! A History of Garbage in the Modern World
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Trashed! explores the history of garbage since the middle of the 19th century. We will trace how garbage — the actual stuff that humans discard — has changed along with methods of production, distribution and consumption. We will think about garbage politics and garbage culture, we examine how garbage shapes societies, how it is managed, what roles it plays in different economies, how it integrates into people’s everyday lives and how it is an essential component of their value systems. Most importantly, we explore how trash connects and divides people in different parts of an expanding and constricting world.

Students are expected to read primary and secondary sources, actively participate in class discussions and complete regular writing assignments. But we are also going to get our hands dirty! This course is connecting global, local and public history and invites you (a gentler way of saying ‘require’) to use your analytical skills and your creativity to make these connection tangible. What do we mean by that? Garbage will be an analytical category for you and your reading and thinking will be theoretical, historical and political. But since we believe that the materiality of garbage is of profound significance, this course furthermore emphasizes active explorative learning. We will touch stuff, ask people, and go places.

Course Requirements:

Participation (attendance & participation in lecture and discussion, blogging, quizzes, informal writing assignments): 30%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 25%
Final Project: 25%

Intended Audience:

Students at any level and any department. History students, students interested in a history major or minor, students with interests in science and technology, urban planning, environmental science and engineering, anthropology, public policy, political science, arts and screen arts.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures and one GSI-led discussion per week

ENVIRON 223 - Trashed! A History of Garbage in the Modern World
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780684826806
Survival in Auschwitz : the Nazi assault on humanity, Author: Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Stuart Woolf., Publisher: Touchstone 1. Touchst 1958
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780312454685
The Nazi state and German society : a brief history with documents, Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 2010
ISBN: 9780226595566
The end : Hamburg 1943, Author: Nossack, Hans Erich, 1901-1977., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2004
ISBN: 069101695X
Weimar Germany : promise and tragedy, Author: Weitz, Eric D., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2007
ISBN: 9780520234895
A concise history of the Third Reich, Author: Benz, Wolfgang., Publisher: University of California Press 2006
ISBN: 1590517040
Blood Brothers, Author: Ernst Haffner, Publisher: Other Press 1. EDITION
ISBN: 0674027930
Life and death in the Third Reich, Author: Fritzsche, Peter, 1959-, Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2008
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