ESM 503: Making Sense of Place


78315 (for web registration)




Joy Ackerman






Fall 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/1 - 12/8 (1:00PM-3:59PM)


Competency Areas: Fall 10 and later – Methods or elective
Restricted to Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 ES students from July 12 – 19; open to all ES students on July 20.

This course introduces theory and practice in the humanities through a focus on space and place. Students will explore a variety of interpretive lenses from individual and community ?sense of place? to the cultural production of space, with emphasis on recognizing, understanding, and applying critical and interpretive strategies from humanistic geography, including history, religious studies, literature, and art. In addition to exploring a variety of epistemological perspectives, students will develop communication skills through critical and interpretive readings of literature and place, through expository and reflective writing on place experience, and through creative and persuasive applications of visual media. Students will advance their cultural competency through the exploration of ecological identity and critical social reflection. Students will gain grounding in research skills for the environmental humanities through engagement with methods and approaches used in qualitative research on the experience and interpretation of place. In 2011, Mount Monadnock will serve as a particular and local exemplar for application of concepts and research design.