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Michael Kucher
TCSIIN 438
Tacoma Campus

History of Urbanization and the Environment

Addresses the environmental impact of ancient, medieval, and modern cities. Includes the evolution of urban infrastructure and relations between city and countryside.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Michael Kucher
Date: 09/26/2006