Instructor: Dr. Pamela E. Mack, Department of History
Contact information: use the email system build into Canvas (if I am available that is usually the fastest way to reach me, if I don't reply within 24 hours please re-send)
direct email: email@example.com (no g.)
I'm a morning
person--I usually turn my computer off around 8:30 pm
preferred form of address: Prof. Mack or Dr. Mack, pronouns: she/her/hers
student drop in
hours MWF 8:30-10 am in Hardin 006 or by Zoom (email for link
for Zoom) or by appointment
I don't have a phone in my office but you can call the history department at 854-656-3153
An introduction to environmental history, in the United States and globally, with an emphasis on changing attitudes toward the environment and the interaction between science and public policy.
|General learning outcomes
||How we will approach that
in this course
|Students will use social science concepts and evidence to explain human actions or behaviors in the past, the present, and/or the future||Students will demonstrate how
historians with a particular perspective explain the
causes and consequences of human actions
|Students will demonstrate an understanding of issues created by the complex interactions among science, technology, and society||Students will assess how
social forces shape human use of the environment and how
choices about how we use the environment (both scientific
and technological) can shape society
|Students will demonstrate
critical thinking through analysis of global challenges
||Students will apply concepts from environmental history to analyze major environmental challenges today|
|Students will evaluate how
varying perspectives influence global challenges
||Students will compare the
perspectives of different groups about environmental
issues to understand that we have choices about who are
the winners and losers
Overview: Global Challenges
Using technology in this course:
Learning in an Uncertain World:We learn best in community:
Use the course structure:
is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions of a
argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a
book, web site, or from the online class notes, unless you
quote and give the source. Changing a few words is
not sufficient to make the material your own. It is poor
writing for more than about 20% of your paper to consist of
most cases when you use specific material from any source
you should paraphrase: cite the source and put the ideas into you own
words (generally no more than 5 consecutive words
should match the source but if the words are mostly the same
it could still be plagiarism even if there aren't 5
|Judith A. Carney and Richard
Nicholas Rosomoff, In the Shadow of Slavery
Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History
Usher, Renewable Energy: A Primer
for the Twenty-First Century
II. Class Schedule for Hist 1240:
Wed., Jan. 12 Syllabus
Fri., Jan. 14 Reading in Perusall
Mon., Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Holiday
Wed., Jan. 19 Carney introduction and ch. 1
Fri., Jan. 21 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Jan. 24 Carney chs. 2-3
Wed., Jan. 26 Carney chs. 4-5
Fri., Jan. 28 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Jan. 31 Carney ch. 6
Wed., Feb. 2 Carney chs. 7-8
Fri., Feb. 4 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Feb. 7 Carney chs. 9-10
Wed., Feb. 9 Reading in Perusall
Fri., Feb. 11 discussion of essay writing, Carney essay due
Mon., Feb. 14 Steinberg prologue and ch. 1
Wed., Feb. 16 Steinberg ch. 2-3
Fri., Feb. 18 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Feb. 21 Steinberg ch. 4-5
Wed., Feb. 23 Steinberg ch. 6-7
Fri., Feb. 25 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Feb. 28 Steinberg ch. 8-9
Wed., Mar. 2 Steinberg ch. 10
Fri., Mar. 4
Mon., Mar. 7 Steinberg ch. 11-12
Wed., Mar. 9 Steinberg ch. 13
Fri., Mar. 11 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Mar. 14 Steinberg ch. 14-15
Wed., Mar. 16 Steinberg ch. 16
Fri., Mar. 18 Steinberg essay due, Discussion/current issues
Mon., Mar. 21-25 Spring Break
Mon., Mar. 28 Usher chs. 1-3
Wed., Mar. 30 Joint class with class in Germany
Fri., Apr. 1 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Apr. 4 Usher chs. 4-6
Wed., Apr. 6 Joint class with class in Germany
Fri., Apr. 8 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Apr. 11 Usher chs. 7-9
Wed., Apr. 13 Joint class with class in Germany
Fri., Apr. 15 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Apr. 18 Usher chs. 10-11
Wed., Apr. 20 Usher ch. 12 (our partner class has this week off)
Fri., Apr. 22 Discussion/current issues
Mon., Apr. 25 Discussion/current issues, Individual reflections on German project due
Wed., Apr. 27 Joint class with class in Germany
Fri., Apr. 29 Review
Tues., May 3 take home final reflection due
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Student support, syllabus part two 2021-22
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