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UH 300: Literature of Sustainability

UH 300: Literature of Sustainability

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This course takes a look at the contemporary movement embracing sustainable farming and eating. The readings are all geared towards these ideas, yet you’ll find that the authors do not all agree on what certain key terms mean—for instance, sustainable and organic—or prescriptive solutions—for example, whether or not one should eat meat. Our goal then will be to not only learn about the movement, but begin to define these ideas and terms, and find solutions for ourselves.
This course takes a look at the contemporary movement embracing sustainable farming and eating. The readings are all geared towards these ideas, yet you’ll find that the authors do not all agree on what certain key terms mean—for instance, sustainable and organic—or prescriptive solutions—for example, whether or not one should eat meat. Our goal then will be to not only learn about the movement, but begin to define these ideas and terms, and find solutions for ourselves.

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1UH 300: Literature of SustainabilityInstructor: Adam WeinsteinOffice: RJ 12Hours: MWF 9-10, and by appointmentEmail: amweinstein@crimson.ua.edu
Course Description
This course takes a look at the contemporary movement embracing sustainable farmingand eating. The readings are all geared towards these ideas, yet youll find that theauthors do not all agree on what certain key terms meanfor instance,
sustainable
and
organic
or prescriptive solutionsfor example, whether or not one should eat meat.Our goal then will be to not only learn about the movement, but begin to define theseideas and terms, and find solutions for ourselves.
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equired Texts
 Kimbrell, Andrew.
Th
e Fatal Harvest Reader 
. [Paperback version]McKibben, Bill.
Deep Economy 
.Pollan, Michael.
Th
e Omnivores Dilemma
.Schlosser, Eric.
Fast Food Nation
.
A
ssignments
Each week you will be required to write a short (500-750) response to our readings. Thequestions for these responses can be found on eLearning under the discussion tab.EVERYONE MUST POST THEIR RESPONSES TO THE DISCUSSION BOARD BEFORE EACHCLASS PERIOD. LATE RESPONSES WILL LOSE A FULL GRADE. A On the first day of class wewill settle on a reading schedule: specific students will be required to read theirresponses each class as a way to prompt discussion.
Service Learning
 Each student will be required to complete 10 hours of service learning over the courseof the semester. Students will work in the school garden at University Place MiddleSchool, where they will help tend the garden and learn about organic growing methods.The class will be split into two groups, and, depending on a schedule we can agree on,each group will spend one hour each week OUTSIDE OF NORMAL CLASS TIME working inthe garden. We will decide on this schedule on the first day of class. Failure to completethe service learning requirement will greatly affect ones grade.
Garden Days
Students will be expected to show up on time, wearing appropriate clothing (I highlyrecommend pants, close-toed shoes, a hat and a pair of gloves. Sunblock is alsorecommended. Open-toed shoes are a bad idea!). I will bring a cooler with water, but Ialso recommend a water bottle. There are no restrooms at the garden site, so comeempty.
 
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Garden Location (1.3 miles from campus)
 [If you ride a bike, be careful crossing 15
th
street! This is a terrible intersection! Peopledrive terribly! There is no crosswalk! Write your congressman a letter about thisintersection! (Sorry about the rant, but seriously, be careful)]The garden is located on the large field behind University Place Middle School. Theaddress for the school is: 2000 1st AvenueTuscaloosa, AL 35401-5007Directions from Nott Hall: Head south on Hackberry Ln toward University. Turn left at18
th
St. Turn right at 4
th
ave.
Field Trips
 Take note: There are three field trip days. The Snows Bend trip is the only one that willrequire a car. Well discuss location, rides, etc, but these will take place during classtime, and youre expected to be there.
Grades
y
 
Weekly response paper (lowest grade dropped): 10 points each (total points: 100).60% of final grade.
y
 
Garden work: each garden day is worth 10 points, with 10 total garden days (totalpoints: 100). 20% of final grade. Students who miss more than 3 garden days willreceive no credit for the class.
y
 
Attendance: 14 classes, each worth 10 points. 20% of final grade. Students who missmore than 3 classes will receive no credit for the class.
Disability Statement
 If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with meas soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have adisability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need courseadaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me duringoffice hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services,133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.
Policy on
A
cademic Misconduct
 All students in attendance at the University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and toobserve standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University expectsfrom its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline.Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and anyknowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student.
 
3The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academicmisconduct.
Severe Weather Protocol
 In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirensactivated), all university activities are automatically suspended, including all classes andlaboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to the lowest level and towardthe center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) andremain there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when the tornadowarning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of theinstructor. Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warninghas expired provided at least half of the class period remains.UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes willremain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. Thesecounties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individualsshould follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessaryprecautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and theEmergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado orsevere thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.
When West
A
labama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It isimperative to get to where you can receive information from theNational Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions thatfaculty, staff and students take. The Office of Public
R
elations will disseminate the latestinformation regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:
 
 
Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
 
Weather advisory sent out through Connect-ED--faculty, staff and students (signup at myBama)
 
Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
 
Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM
 
Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA 7. WVUA 7 Storm Watch provides a freeservice you can subscribe to that allows you to receive weather warnings for Tuscaloosavia e-mail, pager or cell phone. Checkhttp://www.wvua7.com/stormwatch.htmlfordetails.
Other
A few extra rules:1.
 
I will not tolerate any comments that I deem racist, sexist, etc, or harassing ordiscriminatory to other students in any way. I will ask you to leave immediately if commentsof this sort are made, and I will report you.

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