David L. Stokes
Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
Fall 2007 - Environmental History of the Bioregion
This class examines the history of the complex relationships between humans and the environment in the Pacific Northwest from the time of the earliest human inhabitants to the present day. How have humans in the region been influenced by the natural environment, and how have humans affected the regionís environment? We will approach these questions at both bioregional and local scales, focusing on issues of particular concern today, including the interactions of humans with non-human species such as salmon, forest and timber use, cultural attitudes and perceptions, and landscape change, among others. In addition to learning about these relationships, we will attempt to go beyond description and analysis, to make useful contributions to public understanding of the environmental history behind current environmental issues in the bioregion.
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General method of instruction
Class format will generally be a mix of lecture and class discussion. We will also take at least one field trip.
Class assignments and grading