Environmental Studies Courses Spring 2004

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ES 523
Advocacy Clinic II

(formerly Supervised Advocacy Fieldwork)
Competency Areas: Elective for all ES programs. Highly recommended for all second year Environmental Advocacy and Organizing students.

This hands-on, project-based course offers participants the opportunity to engage in supervised practical fieldwork on behalf of actual “clients” — organizations at the local, state, national or international level working for environmental protection, corporate accountability, and social justice. Working in small group teams and individually, students will choose, design, conduct and evaluate advocacy projects from a wide variety of client proposal requests. 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 focus on corporate campaign strategizing, project planning & management, research & lobbying skills, effective communication (e.g., media releases, briefing papers), and project evaluation.

Section A: Abigail Abrash-Walton
Times: Thursdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESF 528
Amphibian Field Biology Ecology & Conservation

Competency areas: CB-Required alternate to Mammalogy or Ornithology; EAO, EE, Cert, IND-Field Biology & Ecology; RMA-Elective

This course will focus on the biology and ecology of amphibians, particularly those native to New England and the measures being taken to monitor and conserve amphibian populations. The spring is an exciting time of year to study amphibians as a number of species, the Ambystomid salamanders in particular, are much more conspicuous than usual due to their spring courtship and breeding behaviors. The course will take advantage of these weather sensitive phenomena by including field trips to known hot spots.

Section A: Tom Tyning
Time: Fridays, April 2 & 16,
7:00 – 9:30 pm , and
Saturdays, April 3 , 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and April 17,
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Maximum: 18
Credits: 2


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, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ESS 575
Coastal Environments and Processes

Course Cancelled (12/11/03)

Competency Areas SP03 and earlier: RMA-Environmental Science elective ; EAO, CB, EE, IND & Cert-Elective
Competency Area FL03: Biosphere Science
First Priority to Teacher Cert;
Second Priority to EE, EAO & IND

Coastal landscapes are among the most dynamic physical systems on the planet. They respond to short-term weather events, long-term climate and tectonics, and sea level change across all time scales. Increasing concentration of settlements, industry, and recreation in the coastal zone demands an understanding of coastal evolution and response to environmental change. This course examines the coastal environment in the context of geological setting, history, and ecological function. Students will become familiar with coastal form and process on a global scale, and the variability and management challenges of New England’s shore zone.

Cost: approximately $125 for food, camping/lodging and transportation.

Section A: Jim Jordan
Times: (Pre-trip meetings) Thursdays, March 4, 11 & April 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm and
(Study Trip) Saturday – Tuesday, April 10 – 13
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESE 515
Conceptual Development & Learning Theory

Competency Areas: Cert -Required; EE-Required alternate to Human Development & Conceptual Development; EAO, CB, IND, & RMA-Elective
Priority to EE students.

This course attempts to delve deeply into the nature of the thinking process. What is thinking? How does it develop? What is intelligence? Are learning and intelligence related? We will consider current research on the process of thinking and learning styles, comparing some opposing points of view on how learning occurs and discussing the presumed stages of cognitive development. This course will give a comprehensive understanding of the potential conceptual abilities of children and adults and a framework for understanding and structuring curricula.

Section A: Cindy Thomashow
Section B: Sue Gentile
Time: Section A: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Section B: Fridays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Maximum: 14 per section (1 seat per section reserved for Science Education student)
Credits: 3


ESP 603
Corporations, Globalization and Democracy

Competency Areas SP03 and earlier: May substitute for ESP 601 Ecological Economics and Public Policy. EAO-Required; CB, EE, Cert, IND & RMA-Required alternate
Competency Areas FL03: Environmental Issues
Priority to Environmental Advocacy students.

The future of the world ultimately depends on how people decide to organize and conduct their economic and political lives. This course will take a critical look at the issues that democratic societies face in an era marked by transnational corporations, “free” trade regimes, the international debt crisis, structural adjustment, and the growing dominance of neoliberalism as a political ideology. In particular, we will explore the economic and policy mechanisms that drive corporate globalization’s “race to the bottom” in working conditions, human rights, democratic participation, environmental protection, public health, and ecological sustainability. The course will also examine a range of economic and policy alternatives that might help create more just, democratic, and sustainable societies.

Section A: Steve Chase
Time: Thursdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 18
Credits: 3


ESE 514
Curriculum Design

Competency Areas: Cert & EE-Required; EAO,CB, IND & RMA-Elective
Priority to ES Teacher Certification 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. This is primarily a theory-based course with some opportunities for direct application. 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. In particular, we will experience first-hand and theoretically ideas like constructivism, democratic classrooms, coherent curriculum, authentic learning, problem solving and inquiry. This list of educational jargon will be more meaningful in a few months.

Section A: Jimmy Karlan
Time: Fridays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ESP 601
Ecological Economics and Public Policy

Competency Areas SP03 and earlier: EAO, CB, EE, Cert, IND & RMA-Required
Competency Areas FL03: Environmental Issues

The premise of this course is that human actions are embedded within the natural environment. The political and economic systems that have been developed to meet the needs of a society are framed by the limitations of that environment. This course will allow students to explore how these societal institutions function to deal with questions such as freedom of choice, scarcity, ownership, equity, sustainability and change.

The course will investigate the development of environmental policies as informed by science, economics, public opinion and legal precedent. Students will be introduced to the policy tools utilized to translate policy into implementation and how effective such approaches have been in meeting overall environmental policy objectives. The primary focus will be within the United States, but innovative approaches that have been developed and utilized in other countries will also be presented to the students.
Sections A: Jim Gruber
Time: Thursdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16

Credits: 3


ES 519
Ecological Research Design

Competency Areas: CB-Required (Replaces ESS 571); EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA-Elective
Required of and Priority to CB students.

This course encourages successful ecological field research by building skills in hypothesis generation, selection of appropriate methods of data collection, use of correct statistical analyses, and effective presentation of results. Basic parametric and non-parametric statistical procedures (chi-square and related tests; ANOVA; regression and correlation analyses) are reviewed. Through lectures, lab exercises, group and individual research projects, and discussion of current literature in the field of conservation biology, students develop skills needed to conduct field studies aimed at biodiversity conservation and natural lands management.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Time: Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESF 524A
Ecology of the Pacific Northwest

Competency Areas SP03 and earlier: EAO, CB, EE, IND & Cert-Field Biology & Ecology; RMA-Elective
Competency Areas FL03: Natural Communities

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 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. (Limited scholarship money is available to support students attending field study trips. If you are interested in applying for scholarship assistance, please see the ES department for eligibility guidelines.)

This course will investigate the dynamically diverse ecology of the Pacific Northwest bioregion, particularly northwestern Washington and Vancouver Island. The coastal ecology of Hood Canal and the outer Pacific beaches; alpine ecology of the Olympic Peninsula; temperate rainforest ecology of southern Vancouver Island and the Olympic rainforest will be explored. We travel through wilderness beaches, alpine glaciers and island-dotted waterways by bus and on foot and visit sites rich in Native American culture. We will travel historic waterways between Seattle, Victoria and Port Angeles. Specific attention will be given to the management of three major resources: fishing, timber and wildlife, as they relate to centuries of use (and abuse) by humans.

Total cost (including airfare, food, camping, ferries, etc.): $1400.

Section A: Peter Palmiotto and Peter Throop
Time: (Pre-trip meetings)
Fridays, February 6, March 12 and May 7,
7:00 – 9:00 pm and (Study Trip)
Saturday – Saturday, May 15 – 29
Maximum: 18
Location: Keene (pre-trip meetings)
Credits: 3


ESF 540
Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island

Competency Areas SP03 and earlier: EAO, CB, EE, IND & Cert-Field Biology & Ecology; RMA-Elective
Competency Areas FL03: Natural Communities

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 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. Students should be in good physical shape to be able to do a 10-mile a day hike.

Mount Desert Island arguably offers the most scenic landscape in New England with its dramatic exposed, glaciated mountains rising out of the Gulf of Maine. This field study trip will focus on the island