Dr. Mark Stoll
Holden Hall 135 -- (806) 742-3744, leave message -- email@example.com
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:303:30 and by appointment
Class Webpage: http://courses.ttu.edu/mstoll/
This course explores the origins of the modern American environmental movement in the culture, society, politics, and tumultuous events of the 1960s. Using lecture, discussion, readings, video, and music, the instructor will create the context within which modern environmental concerns and activism first appeared. Environmentalism arose at the height of the Cold War crisis and, like the Chicano, feminist, and gay rights movements, achieved its greatest accomplishments after the civil rights and antiwar movements began to wind down. All of these movements lost steam in the second half of the 1970s, and the Reagan Administration reversed course on them in 1981. Hence, the era from 1945 to 1981 captures all the essential elements and accomplishments of both the Sixties and the environmental movement.
This is a writing intensive course. In addition to completing exams and short papers, students will focus on a particular leader, organization, or aspect of the environmental movement, and produce a research paper that puts that subject into the context of the era.
This is a writing-intensive course. Students will write one take-home midterm and one take-home final exam. In addition, students will write one research paper on a subject relating to the history of the postwar environmental movement.
Notes: Students will take notes over the reading for each week and hand in a copy at the beginning of class. Notes need not be extensive to demonstrate familiarity with the selections. Notes may be handwritten or typed.
Style: All written work will be typed, double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman, with 1" margins top and bottom and 1-1/4" margins on each side, and page numbers in the margin. Include a cover sheet. Do not add any space between paragraphs. Use footnotes and a bibliography. For style consult Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style.
Takehome Exams: Students will write two takehome exams, a midterm and a final.
Research Paper: Students will research and write a paper of at least twelve pages on a topic of their choice. In frequent consultation with the professor, students will master the secondary literature and find primary sources on their chosen subject. Students may write on one of the topics below, or come up with a subject on their own in consultation with the professor. Some possible topics include:
Grading: The final grade will be calculated on the following basis:
Students may optionally submit a re-write of their research papers, due on June 28 at 5:00 p.m., and the average of the grades of the two papers will be entered as the grade for the paper.
Plagiarism: Using text written by someone else (even in a close paraphrase) without clear and unambiguous acknowledgment is academic dishonesty and will result in an "F" for the course.
Attendance: The professor will call roll at the beginning of each class. Students with a perfect attendance record will receive three bonus points on their final grades. Students with more than two absences will receive 1.5 points off their final grades for each absence over one. The instructor will accept excuses in cases of true need if appropriately documented. Students who leave class early may be counted absent. Three tardies count as one absence. Students more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent.
Schedule of Happenings:
|Jan 13||Introduction: The Sixties Era and the Birth of Environmentalism, 1945-1981|
|20||Environmental issues and concerns of the late 1940s|
|25||Reading: Marjory Stoneman Douglas; Aldo Leopold; Berton Roueché; Ian Stacy|
Related NPR story: "Cronkite: 'See it Now' and McCarthy"
The Good Life?
Reading: Helen and Scott Nearing; E. B. White; Jacques Ellul; Christian Pfister
|3||American Politics and Society in the 1950s|
The Wilderness Moment
Reading: Edwin Way Teale; Sigurd F. Olson; Loren Eiseley; William O. Douglas; Eliot Porter; Howard Zahniser; Mark Harvey
|10||Rising Environmental Concern, 1950-1963|
Rachel Carson and the birth of American
Reading: Rachel Carson; Thomas Smith; Linda Lear; Ralph Lutts; Maril Hazlett
|17||The Birth of the Sixties: The Kennedy Years|
The Kennedy Administration
Reading: Lyndon B. Johnson; Melody Webb; Lewis Gould; Martin Melosi
|24||Johnson and the Great Society|
Creating a Livable Human Environment
Reading: Jane Jacobs; Russell Baker; Lewis Mumford; Adam Rome, "Give Earth a Chance"
|3||The Environmental Crisis of the 1960s|
Past, Present, and Future of the Environmental Crisis
Reading: Kenneth E. Boulding; Lynn White Jr.; Paul R. Ehrlich; Garrett Hardin; Philip K. Dick
|10||Rising Expectations, Rising Tensions, Rising Resistance, Rising Violence|
Take-home Midterm Due
Hear some excellent stories in the NPR series remembering 1968: "Echoes of 1968"
Harmony with Nature
Reading: Edward Abbey; Colin Fletcher; R. Buckminster Fuller; Stephanie Mills; Gary Snyder; John McPhee; Ian McHarg
|31||End of the Sixties: Nixon|
Reading: Denis Hayes; Joseph Lelyveld; Adam Rome, "The Genius of Earth Day"; Finis Dunaway
|7||The Environmental Decade|
Age of Limits
Reading: Frances Moore Lappé; Barry Commoner; Club of Rome; Only One Earth; Andrew Feenberg
|14||Crisis of the Seventies: Oil Crisis, Foreign Defeat, Economic Stagnation|
Healing the Earth
Reading: Joni Mitchell & Marvin Gaye; John Denver; Wendell Berry; Annie Dillard; Lewis Thomas; David R. Brower; Andrew Kirk
|21||Retreat from Reform: the Late Seventies|
The Energy Crisis; Cleaning the Environment
Reading: Amory B. Lovins; Lois Marie Gibbs; James Lovelock; John C. Barrow; Jeffrey K. Stine
|28||The Carter Administration|
The Election of Reagan and the End of the Environmental Decade
|9||Take-home Final Exam Due|
Note: Students who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from the Disabled Students Services in the Dean of Students Office.
The professor reserves the right to change this syllabus at
his discretion. Changes will be announced in class and posted at the Web address