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History of Ecology and Environmentalism
The word 'ecology' evokes the scientific discipline that studies the interactions between and among organisms and their environments, and also resonates with the environmental movement of the sixties, green politics, and conservation. This course explores the historical development of ecology as a professional science, before turning to the political and social ramifications of ecological ideas. Throughout the course, we will situate the history of ecological ideas in their cultural, political, and social context.
Sample reading list:
William Cronon, ed., Uncommon Ground
Jacob Hamblin, Poison in the Well
Peder Anker, From Bauhaus to Eco-House
Jennifer Price, Flight Maps
Gregg Mitman, Breathing Space
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt
Students can expect an average of 100-150 pages of reading a week, drawn mostly from secondary sources. Close attention to this material is expected. One short paper, and one long paper will be assigned, as well as brief reading responses to the weekly readings. Students will be asked to present a version of their long paper in class.
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Not Open to Freshmen.
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