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Stevan Harrell
GEN ST 391
Seattle Campus

Supervised Study in Selected Fields

Special supervised study in a field represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty supervisor required. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This is a field-, reading-, and writing- intensive course on how humans modify and manipulate ecosystems to produce useful resources. Throughout, we emphasize a systems perspective, closely examining the ecological, economic, and political effects of the elements of each system on one another. We also pay attention to analysis of systems at different scales of space, time, and complexity. Our specific subject matter encompasses ecosystems in Washington State that are modified to produce and extract three kinds of resources: biofuels, shellfish, and milk products. Each three-week unit, including an all-day Saturday field trip, focuses on one of these three resource types. For each unit, students are required to read a series of articles, comment formally in class on some of them, go on the field trip, keep and turn in a field journal, and write a topical essay on an assignment dealing with problems of that type of resource system.

NOTE: THE URL below is currently for the 2013 version of the course. I am working on the 2014 version, and should have it posted by Wednesday, March 26.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Stevan Harrell
Date: 03/24/2014