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Here's a state of things
How did it get this way?
Local Communities
Development
Local to Global


WRITING
How did it get this way?
Local Communities
Development
Local to Global

ANTHROPOLOGY/EAST ASIAN STUDIES 406

ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY IN CHINA

WINTER QUARTER 2014

MEB 250, WF 1:30-3:20

Instructor: Stevan Harrell
Office: Denny M41
Office hours: Make an appointment; I'm flexible.
Phone: 543-9608 (But I'm hardly ever there)
e-mail: stevehar@uw.edu

Class Description
This class examines the history and current state of the environment in China from the perspective of interacting environmental cultures and ethics of the state and various local communities. Class sessions are mostly lectures with some discussion and debate; student grades are based entirely on the essay assignments. There are four assigned essay topics, one each for units 2 through 5, due at 5:00 p.m. on Mondays February 3, February 10, February 24, and March 17. In order to pass the class, you must turn in essays on three of the assignments, and your grade will be based entirely on the grades on the papers you turn in.

Books and Other Readings
There are six required books for this class:

Discovering Nature, by Robert Weller
Mao's War Against Nature, by Judith Shapiro
Border Landscapes, by Janet Sturgeon
China's Environmental Challenges by Judith Shapiro
The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China, by Bryan D. Tilt
Environmental Winds by Michael Hathaway

Class readings are from these books, or from internet links accessible directly from this course web page.