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1st Exam, Due Jan 30
2nd Exam, Due Feb 26
3rd Exam, Due Mar 19




EEB 105 T-Th 12:30-2:20
Sections Wednesdays

Stevan Harrell
Office: Denny M41
Office hours: Make an appointment; I'm flexible.
Phone: 543-9608 (But I'm hardly ever there)

Teaching Assistants:
P. Joshua "Griff" Griffin
Office: Denny 409
Office Hours: T 3:30-5:00, W 12:00-1:00
Gabe Valle
Office: Denny 409
Office Hours: T 10:30-12:00, Th 2:30-3:30

Class Description
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 exam will consist of three questions You must answer each question 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.
  • Projects that you are required to complete for each Wednesday'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, as well as completing at least 8 of the 10 Wednesday section assignments and 80% of the in-class writing assignments. Grades are based on an average of your grades on the exams. 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.