Society and Sustainable Forest Environments
Little Bee Eater, Merops pusillus Ghana, West Africa
All written assignments must be turned in hard-copy in class on the date they are due.
Students are expected read the assignments, participate in class, complete the short field trip assignments, complete and present a term project, and complete the final exam. The final exam will test your knowledge and your ability to apply the course content to particular societal and environmental issues and situations.
Groups for the term project can be found here. You are responsible for contacting your group members and arranging meeting times.
The purpose of the term project is to critically exam a landscape pattern. You may select a location anywhere along the urban to wildland gradient. The pattern may be in an urban, suburban, exurban or wildland setting. Also, the pattern may be any scale from a single street tree to a wilderness area, or any pattern in between.
· Describe current use
· Describe past use
· Identify the major factors leading to the change in land use pattern.
· Identify the full range of benefits and costs of managing the pattern in its current form and how the benefits and costs are distributed
· Identify possible future conditions of the pattern and the implications of these changes
Paper Length: 15 pages excluding bibliography, appendices and tables of contents.
Format: Typed. Font - Times, 12 point .
Due: June 3rd 2010, 9:30 am (beginning of class)
Work must be done in groups of three or four.
Work will be presented orally to the class the last two weeks of the quarter
10 minute presentations – Power Point required
Service Learning Alternative Term Project: As an alternative to the group project, you may sign up for service learning through the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, http://exp.washington.edu/Carlson. Service must be completed with a pre-approved organization, and work must be relevant to the class material. Students choosing this option are responsible for producing a term paper as described above. Presentations will be done in groups of 3-4 related topics.
Field Trip assignments: (due in class the Thursday following each field trip) In D.W. Meinig’s article, The Beholding Eye: Ten Versions of the Same Scene, he identifies ten meanings of a common landscape. The particular meaning of the landscape perceived by one individual or another may be influenced by a variety of factors, such as culture or education, and may, in turn, influence perceptions or judgments about the use or management of a given landscape.
Chose one of the places we visit in the field trip and, using Meinig’s ten landscapes as a guide, identify what you believe could be the primary meaning of the landscape. Also, identify one possible secondary meaning of the landscape. What about the place causes you to perceive those meaning? What might the implications be of having two people perceive the same landscape in or another of the ways you identified?
Your response should be limited to 1 page, 10-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 spaced, 1” margins around.
Your presence, punctuality, and participation in class are assumed. Please notify the instructors of any anticipated absence to arrange for in class written or reading assignments missed during your absence. You are expected to participate regularly to in lecture and discussion.
To calculate your participation grade, the instructors will assess your participation through observation of class sessions and attendance on field trips.
Please be courteous to other class members: Please turn off any pagers, cellular phones, and other items that may disturb the class.
All written work must be submitted on time and in hardcopy.
Assignments turned in late will result in a deduction in your grade unless previous arrangements are made with the instructors. Assignment not turned in at all will receive a grade of “zero”. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please contact the instructors as soon as possible and, if possible, in advance of when the assignment is due.
Yes, grammar, organization, and neatness count! Written work must be logically organized, and free of blatant mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
You are strongly encouraged to confer with the instructor about your work. You are responsible for initiating contact, although the instructor may request a conference if they feel there is a special need.
Working in Groups
The term project is the product of teamwork. Each individual is expected to participate fully in this group activity. There is no assurance that a grade assigned to a group product will necessarily be the same grade assigned to each individual. As mentioned earlier, peer evaluation as well as self and instructor evaluation will be used to assess the group work products.
The course grade is computed as follows:
Assignment Percent of Grade
Class participation 10
Field Trip #1 evaluation 5
Field Trip #2 evaluation 5
Mid Term 25
Final exam 25
Term project 30
The final and mid-term exams are take-home. They must be submitted in Microsoft Word format and handed in hard-copy at the beginning of class on the due date.
Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the University's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to University regulations. More information, including definitions and examples, can be found at: http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm
To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206)543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations needed for this class.
Human settlement patterns on the landscape: Maun, Botswana (above) and Johannesburg, South Africa (below)