Environmental Studies Courses Fall 2004

Master’s Programs
Doctoral Program (Ph.D)


Master’s Programs


ES 520
Advanced Statistics

Competency Area: EAO, CB, EE, Cert, IND, RMA – Elective
Priority to Conservation Biology students.
Prerequisite: Ecological Research Design or, by instructor’s written consent, strong background in basic statistics.

Some branches of conservation biology and ecology have become increasingly quantitative in their focus. This class builds on the basic statistical procedures covered in Ecological Research Design. Topics will include logistic regression, cluster analysis, principal components analysis, stepwise and multiple regression, MANOVA, analysis of covariance, nested ANOVA, discriminant function analysis, concordance analysis, and other selected procedures to be determined by student interest. Each type of analysis will be examined and discussed with examples from the primary literature, and assignments will give students hands-on practice in performing these procedures. Class will emphasize when particular approaches are appropriate, and how they are implemented via JMP or PC-ORD software packages.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Time: Thursdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
Credits 3


ES 518
Advocacy Clinic I

Competency Area: EA – Required
Required of and restricted to EAO students.
(Formerly Supervised Advocacy Fieldwork)

Do you want to take sustained, effective action on an issue you care about with other Antioch students? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop and hone your advocacy skills? How about working on an actual campaign? This course offers participants the opportunity to engage in supervised practical advocacy work on behalf of clinic clients — organizations at the local, state, national or international level working for environmental protection, corporate accountability, and social justice. Working in small group teams, students will design, conduct and evaluate advocacy projects for actual organizations under the supervision of the instructor. The goal of the course is to provide students with a strong supervised experiential learning opportunity in the field with more group support, attention to theory, and supervision than an individual practicum placement usually allows. Course elements include campaign and project planning & management, research & lobbying skills, effective communication (e.g., media releases, briefing papers), and project evaluation. The course will combine theory with practical supervised experience and direct interaction with on-the-ground advocates.

Section A: Abigail Abrash-Walton
Times: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum 10
Credits: 3


ESP 526
Art, Culture, and Nature: Understanding the World Through the Arts

(Formerly ES 521)
Competency Area: Environmental Issues – Required alternate

A world in crisis compels us to act. But before we act, before we attempt to change social patterns or individual behavior, we need insight and understanding of the world in which we live. Science offers one powerful and important window, based on the practice of observing phenomena and then sharing and confirming those observations through multiple witnessing. Art also directs our attention, but in a manner very different from science. Art arrests the mind. It causes us to pause, to contemplate deeply, and to think anew about our world. Out of the silence of this pause can emerge new meaning and innovations, which may present powerful alternatives to policy and action. This class explores art as technique to expand thinking and awareness of our natural and human worlds. Through a combination of theory/conceptual thought and art-in-practice, students will gain experience in using art to engage a deeper level of understanding about the world around us. Students are expected to complete one studio project.

Section A: Alesia Maltz
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESAM 516
Building Sustainable Organizations

Competency Areas: RMA – Required alternate to 4 Perspectives of Management; IND – Strongly Recommended; CB, EAO, EE & Cert – Elective
Priority to RMA & IND students.

BSO surveys the landscape of sustainability theory and literature by considering organizational purpose, design and behavior through the lenses of ecology, management, economics and social justice. This course prepares students to analyze organizations from the perspective of sustainable practices, and to develop an understanding of the importance of self-knowledge and personal sustainability. BSO is designed to serve as a gateway for further study. Previous management experience is required and essential for participation in this class.

Section A: Pete Throop
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESF 550
Community Ecology of the New England Landscape

Competency Area: Natural Communities – Required
Prerequisite: Being able to identify by bark the two dozen most common species of central New England trees (study guide available through Antioch’s web site)
Priority to Fall 04 entering students.
Section B: Priority to Env Ed students who take Foundations of Env Ed (ESE 502) (Section A)

This course examines the diversity of plant communities found in Central New England with special attention to the impact of topography, substrate, and disturbance regimes on community composition and structure. As a largely field-based course, both qualitative and quantitative means will be used to describe community composition and structure, as well as the reasons for community placement. Ecocindicator species will be used to delineate specific topographic and edaphic sites, while evidence of various disturbances will be used to interpret successional patterns as a means for reading the landscape. The course will have a strong grounding in concepts related to community ecology including dominance, diversity, niche structuring, and succession. Skills in plant community sampling, soil interpretation. and plant identification will also be developed. A number of outstanding representatives of community types in the central Connecticut River watershed will be visited.

Sections A & B: Tom Wessels
Sections C & E: Peter Palmiotto
Sections D & F: Marc Lapin
Time: Section A: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Section B: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm (Priority to EE students who take Foundations of EE Section A)
Section C & D: Fridays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sections E & F: Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16 per section
Credits: 3


ESE 535
Conceptual and Human Development

Competency Areas: Cert – Required: EE – Required alternate; EAO, CB, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to FL03 ES Certification students.

An understanding of human development is the foundation for good teaching. Developmental processes, the intersection of biology and cultural context, are the blueprint upon which the educational objectives and curricula of schools should be built. We will explore the entire life span, focusing on cognitive development throughout, with primary emphasis on middle childhood and adolescence. In an attempt to better understand thinking and learning, we will explore a variety of questions including: What is thinking? How does it develop? What is intelligence? and, Are learning and intelligence related? This course will provide an overview of the potential conceptual abilities of children and adults and a framework for creating effective curricula.

Section A: Sue Gentile
Time: Fridays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Education student)
Credits: 3


ESS 563
Conservation Biology

Competency Area: CB – Required; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to Conservation Biology students.

This course examines the biology underlying our attempts to conserve diversity at the level of genes, species, communities, and ecosystems. We will learn about the major issues and problems in conservation biology, and the tools biologists use to accomplish their conservation goals. We will apply qualitative and quantitative tools from population biology, and community and landscape ecology to learn how we can predict the vulnerability of populations and species to extinction. Example case studies and current events will allow us to explore issues such as reserve design and management, policy issues, reintroduction projects, and restoration efforts. Students will delve into the most recent conservation biology literature to become familiar with predominant debates and contentious issues in the field. The course is designed to help students develop a critical perspective, pertinent quantitative tools, and a vision of where the field of conservation biology came from and where it is headed.

Sections A & B: Beth Kaplin
Time: Section A: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Section B: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESF 546
Conservation Challenges at the Wildland/Suburban Interface

Competency Area: Natural Communities elective
Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class.

Suburban sprawl represents a major conservation challenge throughout the U.S. Not only are natural habitats directly lost through development pressures, but a variety of edge effects and issues of connectivity impact habitat quality in whatever fragments are allowed to remain. Furthermore, elevated human population density increases recreational demands on remaining natural areas, potentially threatening their long-term biological viability. The mixture of habitat protection and species conservation options is often especially complex at the wildland/suburban interface. This 5-day field study trip to Cape Cod and the Islands will address elements of ecology, land-use planning, socioeconomic pressures, and governmental regulatory processes. Field activities will focus on the biology and ecology of local natural communities (emphasizing birds), and meetings with local experts will explore the nuts-and-bolts of ongoing conservation efforts. Processes used to identify critical areas for conservation, the role of focal umbrella species in providing legal context, and the importance of restoring broad ecosystem-scale functions such as fire will all be explored. Cost: $400 includes transportation, camping and food.

Section A: Pete Throop
Time: Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm,
September 15 – pre-trip meeting,
and Saturday – Wednesday,
October 2 – 6 (Study trip)
Maximum: 15
Credits: 2


ESE 514
Curriculum Design: Non-Formal

Competency Areas: EE – Required; Cert, EAO, CB, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to FL03 ES Environmental Education Students.

Designing curriculum is an extremely creative process, filled with controversies and dilemmas. It is a political, philosophical, and theoretical process. In this class, we will analyze, critique, and redesign both the explicit and hidden curriculum of a variety of materials as we attempt to resolve our conflicting conceptions of curriculum and develop our own philosophy of curriculum design. Consider this course as a way to help you move further along with your own questions and concerns about curriculum design and as an opportunity to twist, stretch, and flip your current understanding of what it means to design curriculum.

Sections A: Sue Gentile
Time: Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESXO 503
Dispute Resolution

Competency Areas: RMA – Required alternate; IND – Strongly Recommended; EAO, EE, CB & CERT – Elective
Priority to FL03 RMA students.

Each of us has negotiated for something. Some of us thrive on it; others shrink from the mere prospect. This course is designed to give participants the skills to be able to approach dispute resolution with confidence. We will examine some of the underlying theory regarding alternative dispute resolution. Most of our in-class time, however, will be spent actually negotiating. Through the use of case studies (the majority of which are environmental in nature) we will inhabit particular roles and endeavor to find a mutually agreeable resolution of the dispute. Note: All students are required to read Getting to Yes by Fisher, Ury and Patton and Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton & Heen prior to the first class meeting.

Section A: Rebecca Todd
Time: Fridays, September 3 – October 22,
8:30 – 11:00 am,
and Saturday, TBA,
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 12
Credits: 2


ES 517
Diversity and Coalition-Building for Environmentalists

Competency Areas: EAO – Required; CB, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to Environmental Advocacy and Organizing students.

Historically, social movements have been strongest when they involve large numbers of people who unite across social barriers such as race, class, and gender for a common purpose. Social movements are weakest, however, when the prejudices and power relationships of the larger society remain unchallenged within their own organizations. This situation often leaves environmental movements vulnerable to divide and conquer strategies by power-holders and reduces the creativity and effectiveness of environmental organizations by marginalizing the voices, insights, and potential contributions of women, people of color, working-class activists, or ethnic and religious minorities. Now, more than ever, building an environmental movement based on solid working relationships, a spirit of trust, shared interest, and solidarity across the social boundaries of race, gender, class, geography, and culture is a prerequisite for lasting, democratic transformation. This class will focus on both theory and practice with a particular emphasis on: 1) understanding the dynamics of social oppression; 2) building effective relationships across difference; and 3) addressing power dynamics as well as the other challenges in creating diverse organizations and effective coalitions.

Section A: TBA
Time: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Maximum: 14
Credits: 3


ESS 572
Earth Systems Science

Competency Areas: Biosphere Science – Required
Sections A & B: Priority to EE students taking Foundations of EE (ESE 502) (Section A) and Con Bio students taking Conservation Biology (ESS 563) (Section B)

This course employs a systems approach to understanding earth’s physical and biological environment, by examining the critical components (environmental boundary conditions) and processes (flows of energy and matter) of the earth system. Understanding the interaction of these elements and their natural variability in space and time is critical for assessing the rates, modes, and consequences of environmental change. Emphasis will be placed on the role of humans as agents of change at local, regional, and planetary scales.

Sections A & E: Joy Ackerman
Sections B & D: Rachel Thiet
Sections C & F: Jim Jordan
Time: Sections A & B: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sections C & D: Fridays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sections E & F: Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16 per section
Credits: 3


ESF 554
Ecology of the Adirondack Mountains

Competency Area: Natural Communities elective
Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class.

This course focuses on the natural and human factors that have shaped the forested ecosystems of the Adirondack Mountains. Situated within the Adirondack State Park in northern New York State the mountains have been molded by ancient geologic and climatic forces. Understanding how these forces influence the plant communities and how humans have impacted the communities will provide students with a unique perspective on the ecology and conservation challenges of this wild region. Course fee: $160.00 for food and camping arrangements. Note: This trip involves strenuous backpacking on mountain trails and tent camping. Students should be in good physical shape and have proper backpacking and camping equipment.

Section A: Peter Palmiotto
Time: Thursday, September 9,
6:30 – 9:00 pm, and
Saturday – Wednesday,
September 18 – 22 (Study Trip).
Maximum: 7
Credits: 2


ESE 529
Environmental Education Methods:
Educating For Food and Energy Self-Reliance

Competency Areas: EE – Methods Required alternate; Cert, EA, CB, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to FL03 ES Environmental Education students.

In this era of genetic engineering, trendy organic fast-food, and wars over oil, it is increasingly important to grow food in our communities, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in efforts towards health, justice, and sustainability. Course participants will explore agriculture and renewable energy technologies in place at Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center, including solar and compost-heated greenhouses, solar electricity and biodiesel (vegetable-based) fuel. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these to school and community-based educational settings. Guest speakers include teenagers who share their experiences with the SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden project, and the founder of Greasecar, to illuminate the role environmental educators can play in promoting vegetable-based fuels. Course fee $20.00 (includes a collection of articles on renewable energy – required reading for the course, guest speakers, and tea and coffee during the course). *Overnight accommodations on Saturday, November 6 are available at Bullard Farm Bed and Breakfast in New Salem, MA, 2 miles from Seeds of Solidarity Education Center. Cost is $15 dollars per person, and includes a cot in a heated, dormitory-style room (you provide your own sleeping bag and linens if desired) and use of shower and kitchen facilities. A room in the main house, and/or linens and breakfast can be arranged for a higher price.

Section A: Deb Habib
Time: Saturdays, October 23 & November 6,
and Sunday, November 7.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Orange, MA
www.seedsofsolidarity.org
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESCE 628
Environmental Education Methods: Interpretation

Competency Areas: EE – Required alternate; EAO, CB, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective

Interpreters are a blend of teacher and artists, exciting hearts and souls while making the natural and cultural world relevant to all. Stimulated by our readings, discussions, exercises and visits to existing interpretive programs, we will each craft something we want to interpret, in the medium and the setting that inspire us. Anything goes, at least conceptually: an underground interpretation of subterranean life in New England forests; a turkey vulture observatory at the Harris Center; a guided interpretation of a shopping mall; an underwater brochure for a submarine park, etc. If we’re both educational and artistic in our efforts, both informative and provocative, we just might influence behaviors and beliefs.

Section A: Cindy Thomashow
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Education student)
Credits: 2


ESP 551A
Environmental Law

Competency Area: Environmental Issues – Required alternate
Priority to and strongly recommended for RMA students.

This course will survey some critical federal environmental statutes in the United States and highlight important case law decided under those statutes. While an in-depth treatment of environmental law is not possible in a course of this length, we will examine the historical context of the major environmental statutes and regulations as well as their impact on land, air, water, and natural resources. We will explore how law and regulations are passed, and how the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government and the regulatory agencies function. The course objectives include becoming familiar with a new vocabulary and learning how to read a legal opinion. We will begin to understand what a lawyer does and how to think like a lawyer. This course will test our abilities to spot legal issues and deliver reasoned and reasonable arguments on opposing sides of an issue.

Section A: Rebecca Todd
Time: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Maximum: 18
(2 seats reserved for Con Bio students)
Credits: 3


ESCO 527
Environmental Writing

Competency Area: Elective

This course provides an introduction to a variety of styles of environmental writing. Primary focus will be on nature writing as a process of exploring and communicating one’s experience of the natural world. Our emphasis on the relationship between nature writing and storytelling, between inner and outer landscapes, and on how to teach the writing process should also be of interest to those in Education or Psychology. Assignments will enable students of all levels of writing experience to overcome blocks and develop skill, style and voice. Activities will include reading and responding to each other’s work, discussing contemporary nature essays, and meeting with professional writers to explore different writing styles.

Section A: Fred Taylor
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
(Optional field trip to Cape Cod – TBA)
Maximum: 14
Credits: 2


ESE 502
Foundations of Environmental Education

Competency Areas: EE & Cert – Required; EAO, CB, IND, & RMA – Elective
Priority to FL04 Environmental Education students.

This course will provide a broad overview of the Environmental Education movement by constructing a working definition of its goals and the various manifestations of those goals within local, regional, state, national and international organizations. We will explore the personal values that drive people to choose environmental education as a profession and look at the implications of that choice on lifestyle, civic participation, relationships and work-life. Students will predict possible future scenarios for environmental educators and their role in the organizations that support their efforts.

Sections A & B: Cindy Thomashow
Section A: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Section B: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
(1 seat reserved for Science Education student,
section B only)
Maximum: 16 per section
Credits: 3


ES 510
Geographic Information System (GIS): An Integrating Technology

Competency Areas: CB – Required; RMA – Required alternate; EAO, EE, Cert & IND – Elective
Section A: Priority to Conservation Biology students.
Section B: priority to RMA students.
Note: Students should have access to a PC computer and GIS software – ArcView 3.2.

This is an introductory course in the use of GIS software to create, manage and work with spatially-explicit data. This class will explore how to access GIS information available on the WWW, extract and analyze quantitative data using ArcView 3.2 software, understand limitations associated with various data sources and use software for preparation of maps. There will be a computer lab fee of $25 per student. Students MUST give payment to instructor first day of class.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Section B: Fash Farashahi
Time: Section A: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Section B: Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Maximum: 12 per section
Credits: 3


ESP 532
Human Dimensions of Conservation Biology

Competency Areas: Environmental Issues – Required alternate
Priority to Fall 04 students.

This class starts from the premise that conservation biology is the study of inter-connected natural and human systems and that progress in public policy issues associated with conservation biology requires scientific understandings of both ecological systems and human social systems. In this class we will take a scientific approach to understanding peoples’ cognitive and behavioral processes associated with policy problems in conservation biology. This course introduces students not familiar with social sciences to the research and theoretical literature in fields of sociology, anthropology, and political science as applied to problems of conservation biology. Topics include: measuring environmental values and attitudes, pro-environmental behavior, social conflict, public participation, local knowledge, the integration of science and democracy, and institutions for co-management. Practical case studies are used to illustrate theoretical points. The overall purpose of this course is to survey the social sciences literature associated with practice and research in conservation biology to expose students to the importance of treating the human dimensions of conservation biology problems with the same scientific rigor customarily given to the ecological dimensions.

Section A: Thomas Webler
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 18
Credits: 3


ESP 531
Literature of the Land

Competency Area: Environmental Issues

In the last half of the 20th Century, nature writing emerged as a prominent literary genre that has made a significant contribution to the way we think, feel and act toward the environment. In this class, we will read and discuss some of the great works of modern American nature writing, including Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, Williams’ Refuge, House’s Totem Salmon, and Hogan’s novel Solar Storms. Discussions will focus on these works and their influence, and the unique way they address environmental issues – including wilderness and wildlife conservation, health and the environment, bioregionalism, environmental justice and activism. We will also use this literature as inspiration and model for our own writing process as a way to explore and articulate the experiences and issues most important for our ecological awareness and identity.

Section A: Fred Taylor
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ES 699C
Master’s Thesis

Required for all CB students; optional for EAO, EE, Cert, IND, & RMA students.
Prerequisite: Master’s Thesis Seminar
It is recommended that students register for this in their 5th semester.
Note: Students must have written permission from their thesis advisor prior to registration

As a culmination of a student’s work at Antioch, the Master’s Thesis should reflect the student’s particular focus of study and future professional interest. This effort will include a central research component associated with it. The research can be quantitative, qualitative or literary in nature. All Environmental Studies students are required to have approval from their advisor prior to entering the Master’s Thesis process.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Section B: Peter Palmiotto
Section C: Rachel Thiet
Section D: Jim Jordan
Section E: Beth Kaplin
Section F: Meade Cadot
Maximum: 5 per section
Credits: 3


ES 699D
Master’s Thesis Continuation

Required for all students continuing a Master’s Thesis for which they have previously registered.

Students must register for Master’s Thesis Continuation every semester until the thesis has been completed and signed off by your Master’s Thesis reader. Enrollment in Master’s Thesis continuation confers half-time status for loan deferment purposes through December 21.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Maximum: 15

Credits: uncredited


ESP 541
Music and Nature

Competency Area: Environmental Issues – Required alternate

This course will cover the following themes: