Assignment for December 6

Tuesday, December 6 – PAPER DUE

Write a 3,000-word essay documenting the process and outcome of your research project. Connect your insights to the assigned readings and to your colleagues’ presentations wherever possible. Support your narrative/argument with citations and bibliography in an appropriate style. Give your polished paper an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for November 29, December 1

Tuesday, November 29 – PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, December 1 – PRESENTATIONS

Prepare an oral presentation summarizing your research findings. Focus on those aspects of the project most relevant to your colleagues in the course. Practice your extemporaneous comments beforehand until they run about ten minutes in length. Supplement your talk with a one-sheet handout (18 copies) bearing your name and project title.

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Assignments for November 15, 17

Tuesday, November 15 – PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, November 17 – PRESENTATIONS

Prepare an oral presentation summarizing your research findings. Focus on those aspects of the project most relevant to your colleagues in the course. Practice your extemporaneous comments beforehand until they run about ten minutes in length. Supplement your talk with a one-sheet handout (18 copies) bearing your name and project title.

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Assignments for November 8, 10

Tuesday, November 8 –

Review Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Thursday, November 10 – REPORT DUE

Write a 500-word essay recounting the progress of your research project over the past month. Speculate on the organization of your final paper, being as specific as possible. Append an annotated bibliography of sources you have consulted, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style. Give your polished report an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for November 1, 3

Tuesday, November 1 –

Read pages 163-189 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Metzner, “The Emerging Cosmological Worldview”

Rasmussen, “Cosmology and Ethics”

Spretnak, “Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism”

Thursday, November 3 –

Read pages 228-242 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Berry, “Ecological Geography”

Swimme, “Cosmogenesis”

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Assignments for October 25, 27

Tuesday, October 25 –

Read pages 30-54, 113-123 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Callicott, “Toward a Global Environmental Ethic”

Grim, “Native North American Worldviews and Ecology”

Chapple, “Hindu Environmentalism”

Thursday, October 27 –

Read pages 138-160 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Tobias, “Jainism and Ecology”

Tucker, “Ecological Themes in Taoism and Confucianism”

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Assignments for October 18, 20

Tuesday, October 18 –

Review Out of the Woods; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Preview Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Thursday, October 20 – PROPOSAL DUE

Write a 500-word essay detailing the focus, methodology, and significance of your project. Illustrate your exposition with specific references to the assigned readings and to your research sources. Append a preliminary bibliography of relevant books, articles, and websites, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style. Give your polished proposal an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for October 11, 13

Tuesday, October 11 –

Read pages 181-193, 215-226, 243-259 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Smilor, “Personal Boundaries in the Urban Environment: The Legal Attack on Noise, 1865-1930”

Stewart, “Rice, Water, and Power: Landscapes of Domination and Resistance in the Lowcountry, 1790-1880”

Pisani, “Irrigation, Water Rights, and the Betrayal of Indian Allotment”

Thursday, October 13 –

Read pages 273-307 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Dunlap, “Australian Nature, European Culture: Anglo Settlers in Australia”

Pyne, “Nataraja: India’s Cycle of Fire”

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Assignments for October 4, 6

Tuesday, October 4 –

Read pages 28-50, 53-78 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”

Simmons, “The Earliest Cultural Landscapes of England”

Stilgoe, “Landschaft and Linearity: Two Archetypes of Landscape”

Thursday, October 6 –

Read pages 79-97, 144-160 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

MacCameron, “Environmental Change in Colonial New Mexico”

Gottlieb, “Reconstructing Environmentalism: Complex Movements, Diverse Roots”

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Assignments for September 27, 29

Tuesday, September 27 –

Review The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Preview Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Thursday, September 29 –

Read pages 3-27 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Worster, “The Ecology of Order and Chaos”

Merchant, “The Theoretical Structure of Ecological Revolutions”

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