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Michael Kucher
TEST 332
Tacoma Campus

A Natural History of Garbage

Examines past and present practices of disposing of civilization's detritus. Uses methods of historical inquiry and environmental studies to get at the roots of one of the fundamental issues confronting the industrialized world: the disposal of waste. Research-based and includes field work.

Class description

Students will learn the historical background to the "garbage crisis" through extensive reading, writing, and discussion.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students read books, read articles, read newspapers, write book reviews, write treatments, and a write major (about 15 pages) research paper based on primary sources. They also do a presentation in front of the class of their research. Daily discussions of readings and periodic reports on status of their research projects.

Recommended preparation

Survey of US history, excellent writing skills, excellent reading skills, willingness to learn research skills. Ability to turn in high quality work on time.

Class assignments and grading

Written work due almost every week. Be prepared for discussions. Writing quality very important.

Grades assigned based on quality of written work; quality of participation in discussions, quality of presentation in front of class, originality and quality of research project.


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: 10/29/2003