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HIST 205
American Environmental History


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Explores the natural environment and its role throughout American history with special emphasis upon the ways in which different cultural groups have perceived, used, and managed America's natural environment from pre-colonial America to the present. Examines changing attitudes and behaviors toward nature with specific attention to conservation and preservation and the consciousness that has contributed to the American environmental movement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Appreciate the historical aspects of how contemporary society has come to regard its natural environment.
  • Apply critical reasoning and communication skills in noting connections between how past perceptions of the land and its use have contributed to present environmental challenges and opportunities.
  • Become functionally literate with many of the concepts and historical developments necessary to understand the contemporary discussions surrounding our natural environment.

  • Course Topics
  • The American environment and Native-European encounters
  • The New England wilderness transformed
  • The tobacco and cotton south
  • Nature and the market economy
  • Settlement of the western frontier
  • Urban environments
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Indian land policy
  • The rise of ecology
  • Environmentalism and globalization

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    HIST 205
    Spring 2014
    1519
    John Van Slyke
    HIST 205
    Spring 2013
    1519
    John Van Slyke
    HIST 205
    Spring 2011
    1262
    John Van Slyke


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
    X
    X
     
     
     
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.