EAS Syllabus Spring 11 ver 2

EAS Syllabus Spring 11 ver 2 - Meetings TTR 2:00 p.m 3:15...

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Meetings : TTR 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Place : 203 Alumni Instructor : Dorothy Holland Email : [email protected] Office : Al 409B Anthropology (enter thru 410e) Phone : 962-3040 (it’s best to use email) Office Hours : 3:30 to 4:30. T (and, by appointment) Graduate Research Consultant: Bill Westermeyer ( [email protected] ) Anthropology 51 (Section 1): First Year Seminar: Environmentalism and American Society Environmentalism and American Society   This seminar provides a sustained encounter with the social scientific and critical study of a social problem and efforts to address it. It examines the social and cultural dimensions of present-day environmental issues. Rather than introducing students to anthropology through its histories and great works, the course teaches the anthropological perspective through application and in contrast with other forms of knowledge. We alternate between writings and videos produced about environmental problems by anthropologists and other social scientists, media specialists, and activists. Through these books, articles and videos, we will focus on America’s turn to environmentalism as a process that is intertwined with core features of American society: its systems of economic production, engagement with consumerism, race and class divisions, attachment to place and sentiments about nature. The activities of the seminar include group research projects on environmental issues in North Carolina. To this end, sections of classes will be devoted to anthropological research methods and we will begin, with the help of a graduate research consultant, to develop the projects through discussions in class. At the end of the semester, each team presents the results of its research to the other members of the class. On a more abstract, but practical level, students are invited to consider how their concerns and interests can guide their pursuit of
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a university education. Feedback provided on participants’ writing and discussion of readings is intended to help students improve their verbal and oral communication skills. In addition to the hands on research project, we will engage in a field trip. Objectives Objectives The aims of the course are to assist students in: 1. Becoming better acquainted with and developing thoughtful, critical stances toward major American/U.S. perspectives on environmental issues. 2. Coming to a more developed understanding of how US environmental problems and responses to those problems are produced by social and cultural practices and institutions. 3. Learning key social science and cultural studies concepts, e.g., social movements, discourses, cultural worlds. 4. Gaining familiarity with social movements and how they change society. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course ANTH 51 taught by Professor Holl during the Spring '11 term at UNC.

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EAS Syllabus Spring 11 ver 2 - Meetings TTR 2:00 p.m 3:15...

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