Specialized Course Groups

Hello All,
To expedite our breaking into more specialized groups on Friday, I thought we might post here concerning on what themes our courses might focus. Please I have not yet decided myself: I am torn between an upper-division or perhaps seminar course on ecological restoration and care ethics or a first-year seminar on "reading the land". Here is a sketch of the themes I would like to cover (in no particular order):

Restoration course:
1) what might it mean to care for nature?
2) what is good for a place?
3) how to cultivate sympathy for a place?
4) what are appropriate ends of a restoration project?

Reading the land:
1) history of the landscape
2) cultural perspectives on the human-nature relationship
3) artistic and scientific interpretations of nature
4) environmental aesthetics

As you can see, I am still very much in a developmental phase, but these are he umbrella topics between which I would be choosing.


aloha bryan

Hi Bryan

Looking over your list of topics I find a few that relate strongly to themes I am trying to work through, both with respect to research and to the course I will teach. These would be: "What might it mean to care for nature." Here I am working with a concept "malama aina" (which translates literally as caring for the land). It links with the concepts of "aloha aina" and "aloha kai" (love-- in a familial sense, of land and sea, and kuleana, which is responsibility, (although the word itself refers to a plot of land for which one has responsibility, a plot that produces food). All this relates directly to the topic of "cultural perspectives on the human-nature relationship." If you think it might be useful to spend some time chewing this stuff over, I'd be happy to. The divergence of perspectives we are coming from might rattle forth some interesting ideas. aloha, sharon

course ideas

Hi Folks:

I have two ideas regarding course offerings and constructing outlines:

To revise an existing course on landscape restoration to include a focus on Leopold and his land ethic, his call for restoration at the UW Arboretum and riparian habitat in the Southwest, and his own personal experiences at the Shack.

To design a new course on land and landscape that would cover some of the themes mentioned by Bryan above as well as looking at the historical evolution of land as property and how we might consider it as something other than property. This course would also draw heavily on Leopold's thoughts and writings as well as visiting John Locke's treatises and some of the contemporary writing of Eric Freyfogle and Joseph Singer.

Cheers, Rick