In Winter 2005 this course will focus on the water and water-related issues in the Puget Sound and Commencement Bay Watersheds, but will place them in a global context using Vandana Shiva's book, Water Wars. We will adapt the methods of environmental history and ecological history to the study of the Puget Sound Watershed. Individual projects will place a local change in the environment into a global context. Students will actively contribute to the class through discussion, peer reviews of drafts of their papers, projects in which they analyze the work of major environmental historians, and a final presentation of their research project. Diligent research, careful analysis, and thoughtful interpretation--presented through quality writing--will be essential features of the course. Together we will strive for the highest quality of written work through a combination of peer review and re-writing multiple drafts of each paper. The importance of carefully crafted writing in the course can be seen in the choice of required texts and in the grading system.
Students will gain an understanding of major water issues confronting the environmental historian through course lectures, readings, and (perhaps) field trips. Class discussion of the readings as well as writing several review essays on recent works in the field will give students training in critical thinking. In addition, students will gain essential research, writing, and speaking skills through a written research project and in a final presentation to the class. Finally, students will learn how to interpret the human impact on the water cycle through slide lectures and field work
Required Readings: (click here for schedule at http://courses.washington.edu/tande/hw/schedule.htm)
Water: A Natural History (New York, 1996).
Vandana Shiva, Water Wars (Boston, 2002).
Also, strongly suggested (especially if it has been a
long time since you have written a research paper for a history class)
The Natural History of Puget Sound Country
Mary Lynn Rampolla , Pocket Guide to Writing History, 3d ed. (Boston, 2001).
William Kelleher Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students. (New York, 1998).
All can be found in the Tacoma Campus Library.
Some E-Reserve Readings, filed under the course name and number at the UWT Library E-Reserve site and noted on the attached reading schedule, will also be required.
Required and suggested readings are available at the University Bookstore.
Course Bibliography your starting point for all research projects. Click here: http://courses.washington.edu/tande/hw/bibliogr.htm
Grading and Evaluation:
Class Preparation and Participation:
This is not a lecture course. Attendance is required. More than two absences will hurt your grade. The success of the class for each student will depend on how well he or she is prepared and to what extent each student contributes to furthering the class discussion. The quality of preparation and participation will be as important as the quantity. If I notice a lot of students are unprepared any week I may even offer a pop quiz for your enjoyment. Finally, whereas these guidelines may at first glance seem draconian, upon closer inspection they will reveal the value I place on each student's contribution to everyone's education.
One Précis for each class meeting and one longer research paper, which will be a traditional 15 page term paper as well as an annotated bibliography, to be submitted on disk, in HTML. You will also make a presentation of your final project to the class, as well as occasional "works-in-progress" reports to your classmates.
Water in the News
Each week you will bring in a news
story and be prepared to discuss its significance in light of the class
readings and your own research.
I will not accept work that has not been proof read or any précis that is late. A "Spell check" on your word processor does not constitute proof reading. Failure to proof read your work will automatically drop your grade. If you have any doubts about the need to proof read your writing consult the UW Writing Center. The people at the Writing Center will not proofread your paper, but they can tell you if your writing needs it and they can give you instruction about how to do so yourself.
All assignments will be graded for clarity of composition and grammar as well as content. All assignments must be typed, double-spaced, with at least one-inch margins, in 12-point type (Roman preferred). Sources will be cited in footnotes or endnotes using Sally Barr Ebest, , et. al. Writing from A to Z: The Easy-to-Use Reference Handbook. If you have any doubts you may also consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. (available in the library) or contact the Writing Center. All assignments must be turned in on time.
Late assignments will be dropped 1.0 point per day (every day counts) late, except in extreme circumstances (death certificates must be notarized with raised seals). No extensions will be granted except for a written medical excuse presented before the due date of the assignment. Work returned for failure to proofread will be counted as late. Don't send me MS Word documents as attachments to your email because too often this fails and I can't be responsible. Please print your work out. Précis will only be accepted on the dates due. They cannot be turned in late.
General Evaluation of Written Work:
Writing effectively means writing clearly and concisely and using correct grammar. Excellent papers will meet all of the following criteria:
Research Paper: see additional guidelines at: http://courses.washington.edu/tande/checklist.htm
Each student will write a 10-15 page research paper and give a brief oral presentation of its contents at the end of the term. The paper topic should focus upon an individual species, watershed, or watercourse; or upon a technology, industry, or person who has had an impact on the environment in the Puget Sound Watershed.
The paper will be made up of several components which will be due over the course of the quarter. By submitting your work in increments you will be able to get feedback from both me and your peers and thereby improve the quality of the project before its final due date. The components are as follows:
Computer literacy and familiarity with the Internet are givens in today's academic environment, and I would be doing you a disservice to let you think you can be a fully functioning university student without surmounting the computer hurdle. Email is the best way of reaching me and asking questions that arise between classes. Those of you who are working full time will find it particularly convenient. With an email account you will be able to access the UW Library Catalog, course reserve lists, dictionaries, and two formidable encyclopedias--from your own home if you have a computer and modem. Otherwise you may use computers on campus.
Computer literacy includes knowing how to use footnotes and endnotes, not assuming everyone in the world uses MS Word, backing up your work, and saving copies of anything you turn in; in short, computer literacy means understanding that computers are imperfect beasts on good days.
Pace of the Course:
By now you may be thinking "so much work." Actually, what I have done is simply shifted a lot of the work to the beginning and the middle of the quarter. I have done this in response to student comments about how bad it is to have all your courses demanding work in the final two weeks. You will be able to sit back after 31 May and focus on your other courses and finals because I have scheduled nothing for finals week.
If you choose to drop the course, you are responsible for reporting the change to the registrar's office. If you stop coming to class and do not contact the registrar, you will end up receiving a failing grade even if you attended only once.
Don't send me MS Word documents as attachments to your email, too
often they can carry viruses.
Print your work out and bring it to class please.
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a permanent or temporary physical, sensory, psychological/emotional or learning disability, please contact Lisa Tice, counselor for Disability Support Services (DSS). An appointment can be made through the front desk of Student Affairs (692-4400), by phoning Lisa directly at 692-4493 (voice), 692-4413 (TDD), or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Appropriate accommodations are arranged after you've presented the required documentation of your disability to DSS, and you have conferred with the DSS counselor.
shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech. . . ."
The right to free speech applies in our classroom as well as in your written work. In light of the potentially controversial topics we will be studying, let me assure you that you will not be graded on your opinions, but on the quality of the evidence and the cogency the argument with which you support your position. We will probably disagree often, but we will strive to remain polite and respectful to each other. Heated discussions can enliven a class, but they are only worth it when conducted with the utmost courtesy to our classmates.