LAEC 330: Spring 1997

Instructors: Jeanne Small (Chemistry) and Bill Youngs (History)
Guest Speakers: Jenny Thomson (Geology)
Classroom: Patterson Hall 211
Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 to 1:50

Course Outline and Assignments

This page provides a brief summary click on the date for a more detailed description of
class assignments and activities for a particular day.

The following books are on reserve in Kennedy Library:

Our Stolen Future - Colborn et al.

Silent Spring - Carson

Science and Its Ways of Knowing - Hatton & Plouffe (2 copies)

Click here for our overview of the course.

And click here to see the grading system.

Course Plan

Note: This site is under construction. We will add more information to this outline as the course progresses -- and for that matter, you as students will also be adding to the Web site.

Click on a specific date for more information on that days plans.

 Date

 Topic

 Lecture

 Assignment

 Media

 Discussion

 3-31  Introduction: "The Individual and the Natural World" Youngs: Meanings of Wilderness
Small: Wilderness at the Molecular Level
 None due on first day of class -- but assignments due on all other days.   "Fate of Heaven"
(Yosemite Valley -- first half)
 What do we mean by the natural world?
 4-2  "Relationships between Humans and the Natural World" Youngs: Human Relationships with Nature
Small: A Scientist's Relationship with Nature

 McPhee, "A Mountain" -- note identification topics

+ mini research project

 "Fate of Heaven"
(Yosemite Valley -- second half

"World of Chemistry: Polymers"

 What are the fundamental relationships between individuals and nature?
 4-7  "First Encounters: Individuals and Nature in the Distant Past"  Youngs: Comprehending Nature in Early Societies (1)
Small: Fire
 Review McPhee and do a report on a related topic.  A visit to the World Wide Web  What were the main features of early encounters between individuals and the wilderness?
 4-9  "First Encounters: The First Scientists"  Youngs: Comprehending Nature in Early Societies (1)
Small and Thomson: Copper through theMillenia
 McPhee, "An Island" -- note identification topics  A visit to the World Wide Web  What are the earliest examples of a "scientific" relationship to nature?