ES360/FNR360-370 - Ethnicity
and the Land
In this course students will
examine the connection between race, culture and landscapes.
Beginning in the fifteenth century and moving thematically
to the present, we will examine how the land served as a
"social arena" within which human societies subsisted,
prospered, struggled for power, and forged cultural identities.
We will consider how ideas about nature and land use practices
have changed over time and how those concepts and actions
shaped human history. In a reading seminar format and using
a broadly comparative approach, we will be focusing primarily
on the peoples who lived in what would eventually become
the United States, comparing their disparate experiences
and exploring their historical connections.
This is a discussion driven reading seminar. I may offer
short lectures to provide historical background and context
and guide you through some of the course materials. However,
it is your responsibility to raise questions and to formulate
critical responses to the essays documents, and films. You
need to come to class on time, prepared and ready to discuss
the reading materials. What we discuss in class will not
be easy to "look-up" in a textbook. I will mark
down late papers by one half a grade for every day they
are late unless you have a documented medical excuse and
you have discussed it with me. This course fulfills GE category:
C4 and the USCP requirement.
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