History 332-001 United States Environmental History
Fall Term 2011 209 Morton Hall T, H 2:00-3:15pm
Dr. Robert Hart firstname.lastname@example.org 962-910-7493
Office Hours: Morton 220 M, W 11:00am-12:00pm and by appt.
Office hours are designated to allow students the opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss topics related to class lectures, assignments, exams, essays, and grades. Please utilize these hours. I will always be available during these hours to help you with any problems related to the course. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of the course, do not wait until it irrevocably affects your grade.
Course Description: In this course, we will examine the history of humans’ impact on the environment as well as the way that the role that the environment has played in shaping human decisions related to culture, politics, and economy. Though we will look extensively at American exploitation and degradation of natural resources, we will also spend much the term discussing our perceptions of the environment and the various ways that American have interacted with nature positively and negatively. For instance, the course covers deforestation, soil exhaustion, the disruption of natural succession, and the annihilation of valuable predator populations. On the other hand, it also emphasizes exploration, preservation, nature writing, the rise of natural sciences, and various forms of recreational culture. One of the terms that we will use often is landscape (defined as the nexus between culture and nature). Landscape studies have emerged over the last few decades as an interdisciplinary way of merging science and history, and as such are fundamental to understanding the environmental past. Keep in mind, that course will not focus on (though it will include) environmental policy. Rather, it concentrates on broadening students’ sense of their place in the natural world. With this in mind, you will read documents, essays, and books to enhance your...