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Environmental Studies Second Year Seminar

Environmental Studies Second Year Seminar

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A syllabus for a second year seminar for environmental studies students at DePaul University.
A syllabus for a second year seminar for environmental studies students at DePaul University.

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Second Year Seminar (ENV 294)
[T 4:20pm-5:50pm]McGowan South Room 206Instructor: Dr. Anthony Paul Smith (anthonypaul.smith@gmail.com)Room: Room 129, Munroe Hall (2312 North Clifton Avenue)Phone: 773-325-3259 (room)773-931-9570 (cell)Office hours: 2:00pm-3:00pm M/W or by appointment
Course Description
 The purpose of this course is to advance ecological literacy. The seminarpresents the study of the environmental to students in a philosophical,cultural, and historical context, and in addition makes them aware of some foundational ideas of the discipline through a selection of newand classic literature.We will be reading and critically assessing selections from a recentAnthology of American Environmental Writing entitled American Earth.We will examine why the piece has been influential and will admire itsmerits. Additional we will question whether each piece we readillustrates perspectives that now seem outmoded, unhelpful, or biasedin a particular way. In addition, you will be asked to provide additionalcritical perspectives where these are apparent.
Grade Summary
 Your grade is based on three criteria:
Discussion leadership (20%)
informed participation (40%)
9 mini-essays (40%)
. Student'sperformance in this class will be evaluated based upon classroomcontribution, and good performance will depend upon a close and criticalreading of the assigned texts.A series of topics will be assigned each week. I will introduce the topicand provide background information, including where useful biographicaldetails on the author. That topic will form the core of the discussion forthe week after. I will call for one (or two) student(s) to lead in thediscussion on the readings. Leading the discussion will involve providing1.A summary of the article,2.A assessment of the influence of the piece and a critique using theassessment tool3.Preparing a series of questions that might provoke debate.Discussants will also comment on their assessment of the piece.All attendees (including those not officially registered for the course) mustread the texts closely. With a small class size it is vital that everyonecontributes. Please avail yourself of an opportunity to talk with me beforepresenting, if you require any help with the material. Remember whenreading the material if a term, concept or name is unfamiliar to you look itup in the library or on the web (or ask).
For each article/chapter selected each student is expected toprovide a mini-essay (470 words, giving an overview and
reflection on the readings). I will collect these at the end of eachclass session
 The final paper is due via Desire2Learn (click the “Dropbox” tab) or byemail by the end of the day (11:59PM) on
Tuesday, March 13
The paper is to be submitted electronically only 
. Late papers will not beaccepted except for extreme situations. Cheating/plagiarism will be dealtwith as the serious infractions that they are, possibly leading to failure;see the Student Handbook for details.Attendance
is important and is taken by collecting your mini-essays.
Cell Phone and Laptop Policy
While I understand the addiction to cell phones, especially smart phones,the material we are studying is very difficult and therefore requires yourundivided attention. If you are caught using your phone during a lectureyou will be given one warning (either verbally or by email). If you arecaught a second time or more you will face a reduction of five points foreach offense from your highest scoring piece of coursework.
Please turnall cell phones off during the lecture
. If I can do it, so can you.Laptops are acceptable in the class, but for note taking only. If you appearnot to be paying attention because you’re distracted by something non-lecture related on your laptop then I will ask you to read the last line of notes you have just written. If you can’t then you will be given a warning(either verbally or by email). If you are caught a second time or more youwill face a reduction of five points for each offense from your highestscoring piece of coursework.
Required Text:
Bill McKibben (ed),
 American Earth: EnvironmentalWritings Since Thoreau
(The Library of America)
Outline of Course and Reading Schedule
Readings listed are to be read for that class period. If the reading is listedunder September 14th, it is to be read prior to the September 14
sessionof class. To help guide your reading, I will provide two study question per reading assignment (via email) which you should come to class as prepared as possible to answer; writing out answers beforehand is not required but is encouraged.
The schedule and procedures for this courseare subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances; changeswill be announced in class.
  January 10
Thoreau, pp. 2-36; Snyder pp. 473-479; Crumb, pp.591-494; Merwin, 716-717, Oliver, 737-738
 January 17
Whitman, pp. 62-70; Marsh, pp. 71-80; Abram, pp. 815-834; Solnit, pp. 971-998 January 24
Muir, pp. 85-112; Pinchot, pp. 173-180; Zahniser, pp.392-394; McKibben, pp. 718-724 January 31
Leopold, pp. 266-294; Dick, pp. 451-453 February 7
Jeffers, pp. 251-253; Berry, pp. 505-530; Pollan, pp.948-960

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