Environmental Studies Courses Spring 2007


Department of Environmental Studies – Master’s Programs Courses
Department of Environmental Studies – Doctoral Program (Ph.D) Courses


Department of Environmental Studies – Master’s Programs Courses


ES 506
Advanced Professional Seminar for Resource Management & Administration

Competency Areas: RMA – Required
Required of and Restricted to second year RMA students.

This seminar provides students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the environmental professions, to examine career goals and to build a professional peer support network. Utilizing a career development approach, core faculty will work with students to identify professional issues. Students are required to attend the lunch meeting on December 14, 2006 to prepare for the first class session.

Before the first class, each student will be asked to develop a strategic process flow diagram outlining the steps they feel will be necessary to be completed before being able to accept any job offer. These will be brought to the first class on January 18. Each student will then develop a plan to market their specific skills and knowledge-base to targeted potential employers. This plan will have an attached time line and associated benchmarks to be reached.

Section A: Michael Simpson
Time: Thursdays, December 14, 2006*,
11:15 – 12:45 pm (*required preparatory meeting) and Thursdays, January 18, February 1 & 15 and
March 1, 8 & 29, and April 26
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 1


ES 523
Advocacy Clinic II

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

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: Steve Chase
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESP 603
Corporate Power, Globalization and Democracy

Competency Area: Civic Ecology II
First Priority to first year Advocacy students; Second priority to any first year ES 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, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Changed 11/30/06 to: Time: Thursdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
(4 seats reserved for any 2nd year ES students)
Credits: 3


ESE 544
Curriculum Design

Competency Areas: Cert – Required; EE – Required Alternate; EAO, CB, IND & RMA – Elective
Required of and 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: 16
Credits: 3


ESF 510A
Desert Ecology

COURSE CANCELLED 12/22/06
Competency Area: Natural Communities II

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 Must attend the first class if they wish to be admitted into the course. (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.)

The Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico has the highest level of species richness of any desert region in the world. Set against a dynamic backdrop of rugged, volcanic mountain ranges we will explore what many desert aficionados call The Desert Heart – the very core of North America’s desert landscape. Rich both in natural and cultural history, this region has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the emphasis of the course will be on Sonoran desert ecosystems and the fascinating adaptations that plants and animals have developed to be able to thrive in a landscape that gets just a few inches of precipitation a year, we will also investigate cross border issues that threaten the remarkable natural heritage of the region. These include conflicts surrounding water resources, grazing, and more recently impacts associated with illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The core of the trip will be in Mexico’s Pinacate National Park. The Pinacate is a volcanic landscape with about a dozen huge explosion craters, hundreds of cinder cones, and rugged lava flows. It has an exquisite mix of desert flora and fauna and holds the oldest human antiquities in the Americas including ancient footpaths that are at least 12,000 years old with some researchers suggesting that they may have originated 35,000 years ago. Total cost including airfare, food, camping fees, etc. is approximately $1600.

Section A: Rachel Thiet and Pete Throop
Time: (Pre-trip meetings)
Wednesdays, January 31 & February 28,
6:00 – 9:00 pm
and (Study trip) Saturday – Sunday, March 10 – 25
Maximum: 20
Location: Pre-trip meetings: Keene; Study trip: Arizona and Sonora, Mexico
Credits: 3


ES 517
Diversity and Coalition-Building for Environmentalists

Competency Areas: EAO – Required; CB, EE, Cert, IND & RMA/RMC – Elective
Required of and 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
Changed 11/30/06 to: Section A: Betsy Leondar-Wright
Time: Fridays 8:00 – 11:00 am
Changed 11/30/06 to: Time: Fridays 1:00 – 4:00 am
Meeting date added 03/19/07: Friday, April 20, 11 am – 5 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESP 601
Ecological Economics and Public Policy

Competency Area: Civic Ecology II
Priority to first year ES students.

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.

Section A: Jim Gruber
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 16
(4 seats reserved for any 2nd year ES students)
Credits: 3


ES 519
Ecological Research Design

Competency Areas: CB – Required; 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, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


ESF 540
Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island

Competency Areas: Natural Communities II

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 Must attend the first class if they wish to be admitted into the course. 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’s terrestrial ecology including its geological history, fire ecosystems, outcrop succession of its granitic balds, and the impact of visitors on its fragile, coastal heath communities. Cost: approximately $160 for food, camping, and transportation fees.

Sections A & B: Tom Wessels
Time: Section A: (Pre-trip meeting)
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 – 9:00 pm and
(Study trip) Thursday – Wednesday May 24 – May 30
Section B: (Pre-trip meeting)
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 – 9:00 pm and
(Study trip) Thursday – Wednesday May 31 – June 6
Maximum: 16 per section
(Section A priority to ES Cert students)
Credits: 2


ESE 545
Environmental Education Methods: Blueprint for a Green School: Food and Schools

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

This course will explore the conceptual principles and practical application of sustainability on school campuses. Students will develop a strategic process for assessing the level of sustainability on a campus and identify the institutional and programmatic opportunities for addressing problems, planning for change and educating with sustainability in mind. The integration of sustainability principles into a school campus means that what is studied is the school itself: the school’s impact on the environment and its institutional example of environmental awareness and conservation. Students will gain skills in assessment and design, addressing a particular issue of sustainable practice by looking at the Food in Schools and strategic planning for change.

Rising rates of childhood obesity, research that links nutrition and learning, as well as growing support for reshaping school lunch programs with local food and connections to small community-based farms have given rise to a national movement called Farm to School. Participants in this course will explore this movement and its impact on schools, including implementation of school gardens and related curricula, and methods for increasing access to and consumption of local food in school cafeterias.

Section A: Hilary Harris and Kate Adamick
(Food Systems Solutions, LLC)
Time: Fridays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Meeting dates changed 12/22/06 to: Time: Fridays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm (no class on February 23) and
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 &amp 25, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Changed 01/10/07 to: Times: Fridays, January 19 – May 4, 4:30