The Imperiled Planet -- RCC-100
|Joseph Siry Ph.D., faculty, with|
1. practice distinguishing facts from fiction.
2. express your ideas based on the readings in three ways:
a. personal framework,
b. an analytical framework (taking an argument apart into supporting pieces),
c. a synthetic framework (putting critical parts together into a whole).
3. use biological and ecological principles to examine parts of our world economy.
4. work together in an effort to solve complex problems of human ecology.
5. every week work with a class of students at Fern Creek Elementary to improve their reading skills.
6. identify and explain with examples that every ecological problem has three facets:
i. Physical aspects,
ii. Biological aspects,
iii. Social aspects.
7. practice discovering and exposing the bias or deep background to everyday problems.
8. express a sensible narrative about you, your society, surroundings and nature.
9. identify and use basic ingredients in and steps to effectively write a cogent college term paper.
Texts and readings:
The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment. Anne H. & Paul R. Ehrlich
When the Killing's Done, T. C. Boyle
ÒStorm over the Amazon,Ó The Diversity of Life. E. O. Wilson
ÒAmericans and their Tidal Seas,Ó Joseph Siry
ÒThe Tragedy of the Commons,Ó Garret Hardin
ÒLike Weasels,Ó Annie Dillard
Our Stolen Future. Theo Colburn
Why Sex is Fun, Evolution of Human Sexuality. Jared Diamond
The New York Times, science, technology and health/environment sections
Mondays Intro to a lecture / discussion
Wednesdays discuss science TuesdayÕs section in the New York Times
Fridays applying what we learned to action
á Attend all classes and events
á Letter to the editor of the New York Times / Orlando Sentinel & Sandspur papers
á A personal essay based on interviews about you, other people and this shared planet. (Carl Sagan you tube)
á An analytical essay based on an argument from Ehrlich and three-four other authors.
á A synthetic essay based on the Hardin and Colburn articles with evidence from every author.