Envs 407 Environmental Studies Theory and Practice

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ENVS 407 Environmental Studies Theory and Practice

Winter Term, 2012, crn 27297 2 credits

Prerequisite: ENV or ESCI major

Grading: P/N only

Instructor: Alan Dickman, 302 Pacific Hall 346-2549 adickman@uoregon.edu

My official office hours are Mondays from noon to 1PM but feel free to drop by anytime I happen to be in – if the door is closed I might be there – just knock. Or call or email to set up an appointment time.

Times: Thursdays Noon to 2 PM plus one required Saturday field trip January 21 or 28 (in case of unsafe weather related postponement)

Where: 249 Columbia Hall (ENVS conference room)

My goals: As director of the ENVS program I enjoy getting to work with and know ENVS graduate students, but most of my interactions with undergraduate students are in large classes with a mix of majors. I’m hoping to get to know a small sample of ENVS and ESCI majors better and learn about your reasons for being in this program, your aspirations, and ways we might improve the program. I also want to participate in a small seminar style course on a topic that interests me.

Why might you want to do this? A chance to get to know other ENVS and ESCI majors better, a chance to work closely with a faculty member, a chance to hear from ENVS graduate students and think about your future, and an enhanced understanding of our environment. What more could you want?

My expectations of you: Respect one another and participate fully. If you do, it will be easy to pass. If you don’t, it will be easy to fail.

Your expectations? Let’s talk about these in class

Game plan: See the tentative list of readings and events on the next page. We will probably adjust these as we go depending on your interests and other opportunities that arise.



Readings assignments


Jan 12


Read Sand County Almanac for next week

Wk 2


First Essay due

Discuss Leopold and your essays

Read Cronon and White essays on nature

Nabhan : Cultural Parallax


Field Trip Jan 21

Wk 3

Jan 26

Discuss Cronon and White

Read Lichatowich: Salmon and Rivers


(in case 1/21 trip is cancelled)

Wk 4

Feb 2

Discuss salmon and rivers

Read Nabhan: Cross Pollinations


Midterm check ins

Wk 5

Feb 9

Second Essay due

Discuss Essays and Nabhan

Read Cronon -- Only Connect

and Maniates and Whissel

Wk 6

Feb 16

Discuss Cronon, Maniates and Whissel

Read Orr: Earth in Mind

Wk 7

Feb 23

Discuss Orr

Wk 8

March 1

Third Essay due

Visit by ENVS graduate students


Wk 9

March 8

Student selected essays


Wk 10

March 15

Student selected essays

March 19 (Monday) is final exam date. Final essay due by midnight Monday (rewrite of essay 3)

Tentative Reading List

Booker, Matthew. 1997. Confluence: Ecology and Culture at the Forks of the Willamette River. M.S. Thesis, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. 128 pages.

Cronon, William. 1996. The trouble with wilderness; or, getting back to the wrong nature. P. 69- 90, In, W. Cronon ed., Uncommon Ground : Rethinking the Human Place in Nature. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. GE195 .U53 1996

Cronon. William. 1998. “Only Connect…” The goals of a liberal education. From American Scholar, volume 67, issue no. 4.

Leopold, Aldo. 1949. A Sand County Almanac. Oxford University Press. New York. 228 pages. QH81.L56 1987

Lichatowich, James. 1999. Salmon Without Rivers. Island Press, SH348.L53 1999

Maniates, Michael F., and John C. Whissel. 2000. Environmental Studies: The sky is not falling. BioScience 50(6): 509-517

Moore, Kathleen Dean. 2004. The Pine Island Paradox. Milkweed Editions. 251 pages. GF47.M57 2004

Moore, Kathleen Dean and Michael P. Nelson, editors. 2010. Moral Ground. Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Trinity University Press. 478 pages. GE.42.M65 2010

Nabhan, Gary Paul. 2004. Cross-Pollinations; The Marriage of Science and Poetry. Milkweed Editions. Minneapolis, MN. 107 pages. PN55.N33.2004

Nabhan, Gary Paul. 1995 Cultural Parallax in Viewing North American Habitats. in Reinventing Nature edited by M. Soule and G. Lease. Island Press.

White, Richard. 1996. Are You an Environmentalist or Do You Work for a Living? Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature. New York: W.W. Norton & co-edited by William Cronon. GE195.U53 1996

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