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Spring 2011-2012
ENV 306 (HA)  

Topics in Environmental Studies - American Environmental History

Deborah E. Popper
Frank J. Popper

Explores the diverse connections between America's national development and natural environment. It examines how the U.S. originated, then expanded to cover a continental land mass, and the ways that expansion changed the nation. It analyzes how, why, and with what consequences major parts of the U.S. economy--for instance, farming, energy, services and government--have grown or in shrunk. It looks at how and with what results the U.S. has incorporated different ethnic and racial groups. It shows how, why, and with what outcomes it has historically globalized and conducted its foreign policy, and offers insights into current landscapes.

Sample reading list:
Adam Rome, Bulldozing the Countryside
Joan Didion, Where I Was From
Bill McKibben (ed.), American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau
John Opie, Nature's Nation: An Environmental History of the U.S.
Walter Prescott Webb, The Great Plains
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150-200 pages of reading weekly; two exams (including a take home mid-term); and a paper in lieu of final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43112 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:18 Limit:14 Closed