UGS303FALL2010 64015

UGS303FALL2010 64015 - UGS 303 Latin America: Environmental...

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UGS 303 Latin America: Environmental History and Sustainability Unique numbers 64015, 64020, 64025, 64030, 64035, 64040 Fall 2010 Professor: Gregory Knapp Contact: [email protected] , 232-1588 Office hours Monday 1-3 pm, GRG 326 Teaching Assistants: Joshua Rudow Contact: [email protected], 471-5359 Office hours M 10-11 and W 12-1 in GRG 416 Brian Mills Contact: [email protected], 471-5359 Office hours Tuesday 10-12 in GRG 416 Class Meets MW 11-11:45 in room UTC 3.110 Discussion Sections F 10-11, 11-12 in MAI 220E; 1-2 in MAI 220B Also F 10-11, 11-12, and 1-2 in MAI 220F Overview of Course The course explores Latin America’s environmental resources, hazards, and human impacts on the environment, in the context of its long term environmental history and present day debates about sustainability. The course touches on the methods of geography, anthropology, and environmental history, and also interdisciplinary fields such as Global (Development) Studies. Students will learn how to assess a variety of sources of information, and develop skills to interpret them in the context of historical cultures and politics. Each week there will be two lectures, followed by a Friday discussion session. Prerequisites: Freshman standing. Course Website: Required textbooks: Cesar Caviedes and Gregory Knapp, South America (Prentice Hall, 1995) Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Yale, 2006) Shawn William Miller, An Environmental History of Latin America (Cambridge University, 2007) Optional books (buy if desired, may help with commodity chain exercise) Amy Stewart. Flower Confidential (2008) Gary Taylor and Patricia Scharlin, Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand (2004) Additional short required articles and chapters for discussion sections will be posted on Blackboard. Students will be required to explore several websites as announced in lectures. Lectures The lectures will be accompanied by Power Points that will be placed online on Blackboard within 24 hours after each lecture. The Power Points are copyright by respective copyright holders and must not be distributed beyond this class. They are not substitutes for good lecture notes.
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Summary of Grading: A total of 100 points will be given for various exams and assignments during the course of the semester. Final grades for the course will be by whole grades only (no plus or minus grades), and will be based on the following scale: 90-100 A, 80-89.9 B, 70-79.9 C, 60-69.9 D, below 59.9 F. In rare cases, students on the borderline who exhibit strong improvement during the semester will be given a higher grade. Short written commentaries
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