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DAILY SCHEDULE AND READINGS
First Exam, Due 10/24
Second Exam, Due 11/21
Third Exam, Due 12/14
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY
AUTUMN QUARTER 2011
Johnson 102 T-Th 1:30-3:20
Office: Denny M41
Office hours: Make an appointment; I'm flexible.
Phone: 543-9608 (But I'm hardly ever there)
Office: 433 Denny
Office Hours: Turesday 12:00-1:00 or by email appointment
Office: 433 Denny
Office Hours: W and F 10-11
This course is about how people in different places and at different times have interacted with the natural environment. We begin with "revolutions:" tracing the history of transformations in human subsistence and production, from the time that we were all foragers to the present when most of us get everything at the store and have little direct involvement with the resources we use, while we deplete those resources at a faster rate than ever. We then move on "science," to the different ways people understand nature and its parts. Then to "politics," the interaction between human institutions and practices relating to environment and resources. And we end up with "justice," the inequalities our social and political systems and the way they affect our interactions with nature, along with the ways we might address these inequalities.
You are required to complete three kinds of assignments for this class, with an option of substituting for one of the exams:
Three take-home essay examinations. Each will consist of three questions, which you must answer in 400 words or less. They will cover materials from readings, lectures, and sections. Your grade in the class will be determined by your scores on these exams.
- You may substitute a report on a service-learning project for the second or third take-home exam. Details are found on the service learning page.
Projects that you are required to complete for each Friday's section. You must complete at least 8 of these projects to pass the class; they will be scored pass/fail.
Occasional in-class writing assignments. These will be set out in the daily assignment pages, and you will have 10 minutes to write them. You must complete all but two of these assignments to pass the class; they will be scored pass/fail.
To pass the class, you must turn in answers to all three questions on all three take-home exams (or you may substitute the service learning report for the second or third exam), as well as completing at least 8 of the 10 Friday section assignments and 80% of the in-class writing assignments. Grades are based on an average of your grades on the exams and on the service learning project if you choose to do it. There is no other optional or "extra credit" (i.e. remedial) work available. Detailed rules about missing assignments and other matters of academic conduct can be found on the grading page.
Books and Other Readings
There are three required books for this class:
Zapotec Science, by Roberto Gonzales
Lawn People, by Paul Robbins
The Consequential Damages of Nuclear War, by Johnston and Barker
All are available at the University Bookstore.
Most other readings are accessible as .pdf files or as UW library resources from links on this website.