AMS 315 • Conservation
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course introduces students to the field of Environmental Geography, with particular emphasis on the major causes and consequences of environmental degradation. The course is organized around one central premise: We cannot effectively solve environmental problems unless we understand how and why they occur. A major objective of the course, therefore, is to identify and understand the sociocultural forces that drive environmental degradation.
Format: This course is conducted as a combination of lecture and discussion. In addition to factual material presented in a traditional lecture-type format, a significant amount of class time is devoted to open discussion of key ideas and issues, based largely on the reading assignments. This class is highly interactive. While it is recognized that students may feel anxious about speaking out in class (especially at first), every effort is made to encourage each and every student to develop his or her "voice" and to articulate their own ideas freely within a non-threatening, intellectually supportive classroom climate. Therefore, it is expected that all students will come to class prepared not only to take notes, but also to engage in all discussions (mentally, at least, if not always verbally) and to actively participate in related in-class exercises. In order to do so, of course, you must arrive in class having completed, ahead of time, all of the assigned readings that are listed in the syllabus for each week. Regularly scheduled, weekly quizzes are used as a means to check that you are keeping up with the reading assignments.