WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2012-2013       Home       Archive       Search
Perspectives on Mountain Top Removal: Origins, Techniques, and Impacts

ENVS 331
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 331, SISP 331
Certificates: Environmental Studies

This multi-disciplinary seminar will examine mountaintop removal mining using several approaches. These include the historical, to examine its development from its origins to the present; geographic, to determine how it changes not just the topology but also networks of traffic and demography; technological, to understand the various technologies this mining practice utilizes; ecological, to explore the broader environmental impact it has locally, regionally, and even more broadly; public health, to determine the impact this practice has on the health of people both near and far from the mining sites themselves; economic, to establish both the benefits and the long-term costs; and literary and artistic, to utilize the creative works that focus on mountaintop removal mining and its consequence. As a final project, students will produce an essay or multi-media project that will become the core of a website that will also include photographs by the instructor. During the first six weeks of the semester, an integral part of the course will be a two-hour movement workshop on Tuesday evenings led by Eiko Otake, who, with Johnston, has previously co-instructed a course on the history of the atomic bomb. One goal of the movement workshop is to demonstrate how much of our learning process is as much physical as it is mental; another is to integrate course themes through non-verbal learning.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ENVS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459