Addresses the environmental impact of ancient, medieval, and modern cities. Includes the evolution of urban infrastructure and relations between city and countryside.
This is an upper division survey of the impact of western urbanization on Earth's life support systems for the past 5000 years.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some lectures, mostly discussion. Therefore, students will be required to participate during each class meeting. Missing class meetings can affect your grade.
Western Civ or World Civ will be extremely useful but not required courses to have taken. Basic biology or ecology would be very helpful too.
Class assignments and grading
Heavy reading load and numerous brief analytic writing assignments.
Quality of writing and quality of contributions to class discussions.