ANTH 469A | ENVIR 495F

Ecology, Economy, and Politics of Resource-Extraction Ecosystems

Spring Quarter 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50, MEB 235
Field trips Saturdays April 19, May 3, and May 31

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Schedule for Week 10: Dairy Post-Mortem and Class Wrapup

Tuesday, June 3: Dairy trip reflections

Our first thing will be our slide show. Please email your best pictures to the students compiling the slide show by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2.

Dairy Reflections
By midnight on Monday, June 2, please post 300-500 words on what you learned from the dairy trip. You may wish to touch on some or all of the following questions:
  • What surprised you about the dairy trip?
  • Having seen how dairies operate in different ways, what does that teach you about environmental philosophies, animal husbandry philosophies, or business philosophies applied to resource production and extraction?
  • How much of a part should milk products play in our food system?
  • What are the implications, economic and ecological, of the gradual shift from dairies to field crops in Whatcom County?
In class, we will
  • Look at a slide show
  • Discuss a series of points that emerge from the field trip posts
  • Take any questions on the essay assignments, if necessary
  • Thursday, June 6: Class wrap-up

    Your final post, due before midnight on Wednesday, June 4, can be as long or as short as you like, but it should reflect on more general issues, including perhaps some of the following:
    • How do the three units of the class fit together?
    • What general principles have you been able to extract, formulate, modify, or refine from the materials in this class?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of an approach based on reading, writing, and field trips?
    In class, we will return to the issues of sustainability, resilience, scale and tradeoffs with which we began the class.