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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Environmental Studies

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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in RC Environmental Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for ENVRNSTD

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for RC Environmental Studies.

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.

ENVRNSTD 290. Special Topics in Environmental Studies.

Section 001 Environmental World Views in Literature. (credits?)

Instructor(s): Anne S Chapple

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in environmental studies. (3-4). (Excl). May be repeated for three times for a total of 12 credits.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will take a literary and historical perspective on the concept of an "environmental world view." The world view that currently governs American behavior toward the natural environment dates back to the English Renaissance and earlier. According to this view, nature was defined by "infinite plenitude," which, in turn, was a reflection of God's "infinite bounty." Man stood at the center of natural creation, as the beloved object of God's bounty. The natural world and everything in it had been made for man. The sufferings of nature were both dwarfed by comparison with his own and in themselves of no consequence. Renaissance writings of the period depict earth's creatures as willing participants in this scheme. This world view has had and continues to have profound implications for man's behavior toward the environment.

We will uncover some of the assumptions about the natural world in "nature writing" from several different periods, including our own. We will learn to rethink and to challenge some of these assumptions and to structure more appropriate environmental world views for ourselves. Guiding questions will be: What do we mean by an "environmental world view?" What early environmental world view(s) have structured ours? What source(s) did they spring from? How did such world views become institutionalized, both in past cultures and in our own? What implications do these world views have for human behavior toward the environment?

Class time will include lecture and in-class discussion. Each set of readings will be prefaced with a lecture. Students will be expected to have read the assigned readings before coming to class and to come prepared to contribute to discussion. Students will write several papers that relate to the assigned readings.

Text: Finch, R. and Elder, J., eds. The Norton Book of Nature Writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1990.

Supplementary readings from English Renaissance poems, plays, and treatises; American and British Romantics' poems and essays; current reports drawn from government documents and online sources; and articles/books on the current state of the environment, will be available in a course pack.

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ENVRNSTD 291. Special Topics in Environmental Studies.

Section 001 Biodiversity of U.S. (1 credit). Course meets January 8-March 12. (Drop/Add deadline=January 27).

Instructor(s): Catherine E Badgley

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in environmental studies. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated three times, for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage:

This course introduces the scientific and cultural significance of biological diversity through a survey of the diversity of species and ecosystems in the United States. The U.S. harbors an impressive array of the world's species and ecosystems inhabiting environments ranging from frozen tundra to Death Valley to coral reefs. A high proportion of U.S. biodiversity is at risk of extinction; the reasons behind this assessment are reviewed. Principles of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology are introduced, and individual and political approaches to conserving biodiversity are presented and discussed. Students write short essays and a short paper.

Lecture format with some discussion.

Text: Bruce Stein et al., editors, Prescious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States.

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ENVRNSTD 391. Sustainability and the Campus.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Catherine E Badgley , Michael P Shriberg

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in environmental studies, global change, or related field. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage:

This course examines the university in terms of the sustainability of its facilities, grounds, uses of materials, and curriculum. This year the course will focus on housing and food services at the university. Principles of sustainability are introduced and developed in the context of a university campus. Through readings, field trips, lectures, and projects, students become familiar with different aspects of the Ann Arbor campus. The course features guest lectures by key people who help to run this university. Comparison is made with sustainable practices at other university campuses as well as with industry standards. Students keep a notebook of ideas and critiques, write two short research papers, and conduct a substantial group project on an environmental audit of some aspect of campus life. This project is the basis of a longer report and presentation to the class and to relevant university administrators.

Text: Sarah H. Creighton, Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and other Institutions.
Course pack and E-reserves.

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ENVRNSTD 421. 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. Directed research on environmental problems. By individual arrangement between student and faculty sponsor. Requires permission of the Director prior to enrollment.

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