Topic outline

  • General

    Introduction to Environmental Studies (NSC 602)

    Fall 2011
    Sci 221, Tu/Th 8:30-9:50

    Instructors: Jaime Tanner and William Edelglass, Bob Engel, Adam Franklin-Lyons, Carol Hendrickson, Amer Latif, Kyhl Lyndgaard, John MacArthur, Meg Mott, Jenny Ramstetter, Kate Ratcliff, Tim Segar, Todd Smith, Jim Tober
    • Topic 1

      Course Schedule and Readings:

      Tu 9/6 Case Study: Should VT Yankee be relicensed? (All)
      Text - pgs. 12-17, 434-442
      Look at some of the following sites to familiarize yourselves with issue:
      VT yankee controversy, nuke power faces test in VT,, economic impact, VT yankee lawsuit
      • Topic 2

        Th 9/8 Environmental History (Jim)
        Text: pgs. 19-23
        Newton, The Reverend Ephraim H., The History of the Town of Marlborough, Windham County Vermont. Vermont Historical Society, 1930, pp. 53-60
        Price, Jenny. “Remaking American Environmentalism: On the Banks of the L.A. River,” Environmental History 113 (July 2008): 536-55
        • Topic 3

          Tu 9/13 What is Science & Energy (Jaime)
          Chapters 2 & 3
          • Topic 4

            Th 9/15 Evolution & Communities (Jaime)
            Chapter 4

            Robert MacArthur's study on warbler resource partitioning
            • Topic 5

              Tu 9/20 Ecology: Species Dynamics (Bob/Jenny)
              Chapters 5 & 6
              • Topic 6

                Th 9/22 The Natural World Through Cultural Lenses: What people do and don't eat (Carol)
                "Food Preference and Tabu in American Domestic Animals” (pp. 169-179) from Culture and Practical Reason by Marshall Sahlins. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976).

                "Grub" by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker, August 15, 2011, p. 38-xx; available on-line) (Note: Daniella Martin graduated from Marlboro College in 2002. She did research in Mexico and wrote her Plan in medical anthropology/ethnobiology.)

                take a look at the alumni profile for Daniella Martin, be sure to check out her website

                It may also be interesting to take a look at the book Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio. (Reserve shelf)

                Questions to contemplate: What do/don't we eat and why? What associations, for example, do we have with lobsters? with scorpions or mealworms? Why might we argue that our "cultural logic" concerning the edibility of these different animals is, in fact, somewhat culturally illogical? What is it about the consumption of mammal meat vs. insect meat that has larger consequences for the natural world?

                • Topic 7

                  Tu 9/27 Consumer Culture (Kate)
                • Topic 8

                  Th 9/29 Impacts of Human Population Growth (Jaime)
                  Chapters 7 & 8
                  • Topic 9

                    Tu 10/4 Discussion - Ecological Footprints
                    from the text pg 18
                    Marlboro's Ecological Footprint

                    ASSIGNMENT DUE:
                    Ecological Footprint Analysis
                    ESA21 Food calories and Land assignment
                    • Topic 10

                      Th 10/6 Environmental Ethics/Philosophy (William)
                      Text: pgs.29-30

                      Sylvan (Routley), Richard. “Is There a Need for a New, an Environmental, Ethic?,” in Andrew Light and Holmes Rolston III (eds.) Environmental Ethics: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, pp. 47-52
                      • Topic 11

                        Tu 10/11 Religion & The Environment (Amer)
                        text: pgs. 30-31

                        Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. The Spiritual Significance of Nature. in The Need for a Sacred Science. 1993. State University of New York Press, Albany, NY. pgs: 119-125
                        • Topic 12

                          Th 10/13 Food & Famine (Adam)
                          Text: First read Chapter 9
                          and then read as much as you can of the following:
                          Jenny Edkins, Whose Famine?, chapters 2 and 3 (pages 15-66)
                          Available on ebrary through the library's website.

                          ASSIGNMENT DUE:
                          Work Day Activity description (~2 pages describing the work day activity that you have come up with and how it will help to reduce Marlboro's ecological footprint)

                          Tu 10/18 HENDRICKS DAY - NO CLASS
                          • Topic 13

                            Th 10/20 Food & Agriculture (Jenny)
                            Text: Chapter 10

                            Siebert, C. (2011) Food Ark. National Geographic. link
                            In order to read the hard copy and also to take a look at "How To Feed A Growing Planet" in the same issue, check out the one of the two copies of the magazine on reserve
                            • Topic 14

                              Tu 10/25 Art & The Environment (Tim)
                              • Topic 15

                                Th 10/27 Environmental Writing (Kyhl)

                                Lyon, Thomas. “A Taxonomy of Nature Writing,” in Thomas Lyon (ed.) The Incomperable Lande: A Book of American Nature Writing. Houghton-Miffling, 1989, pp. 3-15
                                • Topic 16

                                  Tu 11/1 Geology & Earth's Resources (John)
                                  Text: Chapter 14
                                  • Topic 17

                                    Th 11/3 Air/Weather/Climate (John)
                                    Text: Chapters 15 & 16

                                    ASSIGNMENT DUE:
                                    Nature Writing Assignment
                                    • Topic 18

                                      Tu 11/8 Water (John)
                                      Text: Chapters 17 & 18
                                      • Topic 19

                                        Th 11/10 Conventional and Sustainable Energy (John & Todd)
                                        Chapters 19 & 20
                                        Fuel from aquatic plants - a discussion of harvesting oil from microalgae

                                        ASSIGNMENT DUE:
                                        First draft of your Multiple Perspectives paper due in class
                                        • Topic 20

                                          Tu 11/15 Discussion
                                          • Topic 21

                                            Th 11/17 Environmental Economics/Policy/Law (Jim)
                                            Text: Chapters 23 & 24
                                            • Topic 22

                                              Tu 11/22 Political Ecology (Meg)

                                              Leopold, Aldo "The Land Ethic" in A Sand County Almanac and sketches here and there. Oxford Press, 1949, pgs: 201-226
                                              • Topic 23

                                                Th 11/24 THANKSGIVING - no class
                                                • Topic 24

                                                  Tu 11/29 Biodiversity (Bob)
                                                  Text: Chapters 11 & 12
                                                  • Topic 25

                                                    Th 12/1 Restoration Ecology (Jenny)
                                                    Text: Chapters 13
                                                    • Topic 26

                                                      Tu 12/6 Revisit Case Study (All)
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