The Environmental Studies Program is designed to complement a student's training in a particular academic discipline. Although the name "Environmental Studies" suggests that the Program is limited to the study of the environment, the Environmental Studies Program emphasizes courses concerned with HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT RELATIONS. The Program is not a concentration program although a student may emphasize environmental studies in the LS&A Individual Concentration Program (ICP). Interested students should contact the Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor Stephen Kaplan, at 3418 Mason Hall (764-0426).
The program offers Environmental Studies 320 as its introductory course. This course introduces students to the wide range of disciplines in the College and University which relate to environmental issues. Second-level courses provide a variety of perspectives from which to view and analyze areas of environmental concern. Since the spectrum of courses offered at this level varies from year to year, students should consult the Time Schedule for current information. Third-level courses include Environmental Studies 420 and 421. They enable students versed in environmental studies to focus on a particular issue. 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. In addition to the multidisciplinary approach to the study of human-environment relations reflected in these courses, the Program offers a number of cross-listed courses which analyze humans and the environment from the perspective of a given discipline.
401. Special Problems in Environmental Studies. Environ. Studies 320 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.
ALTERNATIVE PATTERNS OF RESOURCE UTILIZATION: THE AMISH IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA. The Amish, a cohesive rural subculture, are used as a case study to examine in detail alternative land and resource utilization that has proved viable in contemporary north America. Value systems, social structures, technology and scale as they influence individual, family and community interaction with the natural environment will be examined. Amish life-style offers an implicit critique of consumption patterns and agricultural methods characteristic of the 1980's. Questions are raised about the function of cultural diversity as it pertains to human survival and problems both of maintaining cultural cohesiveness and transferring specific behavior patterns across cultural boundaries. Biweekly classes will consist primarily of lecture and discussion with several guest speakers and films. There will be a course pack and the text will be Hostetler, AMISH SOCIETY. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, performance on several small papers and a final exam or term paper. The course is offered jointly with the School of Natural Resources (NR 401). Enrollment is limited. (T. Huntington)
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