History | The Environment
A300 | 2733 | Bieder


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

TOPIC:  AMERICAN CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

	After examining the cultural responses of several Midwestern
Indian tribes to changes in their environments, the course will then
explore Euro-American cultural attitudes toward an environment under
constant transformation.  Topics for discussion in this course are:
biological imperialism in the colonial world, early nineteenth-
century Romanticism and its representation of nature, the post-Civil
War movements of conservation and preservation, and the rise of a
land ethic and environmental activism in the twentieth century.  The
course will end with a consideration of selected contemporary
environmental problems including pollution, toxic wastes and global
warming.

Students are responsible for all of the assigned texts and attending
each class.  Grades will be determined by a midterm (40%), a final
(50%), and attendance (10%).

Books for the course are:
Bieder, R E, "Native American Communities in Wisconsin," Thoreau, H
D, "Walden Pond", Manning, R M, "Grassland"