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Spring/Summer '99 Course Guide

Courses in Environmental Studies (Division 366)


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Spring Half-Term, 1999 (May 3 June 22, 1999)
Spring/Summer Term, 1999 (May 3 August 17, 1999)
Summer Half-Term, 1999 (June 28 August 17, 1999)


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Most RC courses are open to LS&A students and may be used to meet distribution requirements.

The quest for harmony between humans and the natural world requires understanding of nature, society, and our individual selves. The program in Environmental Studies encourages students to supplement their training in particular academic disciplines by exploring aspects of natural science, social science, and the humanities. The Program is not a concentration program, although a student may emphasize environmental studies in the LS&A Individual Concentration Program (ICP).

Environmental Studies 123, 124, and 240 offer broad overviews of the field and serve as introductions to more advanced work. Environmental Studies 420 and 421 offer opportunities for independent study. In these courses the student is responsible for defining a plan of study, enlisting others with similar interests if appropriate, and locating a faculty member willing to supervise the work. Environmental Studies 450 is a Capstone Seminar providing the opportunity for seniors, particularly those pursuing ICPs, to work together to compare diverse perspectives on human values and the environment.

Courses on environmental issues are offered by many different departments and programs in LS&A as well as in other colleges of the university. Students interested in the environment should explore each issue of the Time Schedule thoroughly, because many appropriate courses are offered at irregular intervals under unpredictable headings. Of particular interest are some of the University Courses.


Environ. St. 311. Agriculture, Ecology, and Rural Communities, I.

Section 101 Meets with NR&E 306.175

Instructor(s): Catherine Badgley (cbadgley@umich.edu), Ivette Perfecto (perfecto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One year of college-level biology or ecology, and permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in Environmental Studies 312 is required. (4). (NS).

Credits: (4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.rc.umich.edu/curric/badgley/ag312.html

In terms of conceptual and factual content, the course will emphasize (1) principles of ecology as they apply to agricultural ecosystems and the effects of agricultural activities on native ecosystems, (2) an introduction to local agricultural ecosystems through visits to farms in southern Michigan, (3) the history of agricultural practices and the ecological, social, and economic consequences of modern industrial agriculture, (4) principles of sustainable agriculture, and (5) literature about farming and rural life. A significant component of teaching will occur through field work, including demonstrations, exercises, and structured activities in native ecosystems and on local farms. Additional activities will include work by the students on local farms and field trips to agrichemical industries, a packing plant, a migrant-labor camp, and an Amish farm. The course will occupy five full days for four weeks,

Readings will be drawn from J. Vandermeer, Reconstructing Biology; J. Vandermeer and I. Perfecto, Breakfast of Biodiversity; W. Berry, The Unsettling of America; W. Cochrane, The Development of American Agriculture; National Research Council, Alternative Agriculture; M. Strange, Family Farming; W. Jackson, New Roots for Agriculture; D. Worster, Dust Bowl; W. Weaver, A Gravestone Made of Wheat; L. Hasselstrom, G. Collier, and N. Curtis (eds.), Leaning into the Wind; W. Vitek and W. Jackson, Rooted in the Land; D. Kline, Great Possessions; Bill Mollison, Permaculture; The Small Farmer's Journal; and others.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 3

Environ. St. 312. Agriculture, Ecology, and Rural Communities, II.

Section 101 Meets with NR&E 306.175

Instructor(s): Catherine Badgley (cbadgley@umich.edu), Ivette Perfecto (perfecto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One year of college-level biology or ecology and permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in Environmental Studies 311 is required. (3). (NS).

Credits: (3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.rc.umich.edu/curric/badgley/ag312.html

See Environmental Studies 311.101.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 3

Environ. St. 420. Practicum in Environmental Problems.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240 and cognates pertinent to the study. Permission must be granted by Director prior to enrollment. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

No Description Provided.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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Environ. St. 420. Practicum in Environmental Problems.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240 and cognates pertinent to the study. Permission must be granted by Director prior to enrollment. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study of critical environmental problems. The student is responsible for defining a plan of study, enlisting others with similar interests if appropriate, and locating a faculty member to supervise the work.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Summer Half-Term Courses

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Environ. St. 420. Practicum in Environmental Problems.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Environ. Studies 240 and cognates pertinent to the study. Permission must be granted by Director prior to enrollment. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed research on critical environmental problems.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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