Spring 2021 - GEOG 432 D100

Problems in Environmental History (4)

Class Number: 2791

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Joseph Taylor
    taylorj@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-4400
    Office: AQ 6012
  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including eight of upper division geography.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time. Students with credit for HIST 432 or HIST 485 in 2001-3 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

2021 ALERT: Most teaching in Spring 2021 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study entails different modes of learning, interactions with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.
Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, should register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

CONTENT: COVID is in our heads, so this iteration of GEOG 432 explores the geography and history of modern disease, defined as the era shaped by industrialization and global transportation. Everyone will read common studies of health and environments, but students will also extend their knowledge in smaller teams by studying and reporting on an additional health event every two weeks.

STRUCTURE: This seminar will meet synchronously every other week (exempting “reading break”) for no more than three hours. Student teams will produce a 10-page paper each two weeks, and each meeting will include a 10-minute presentation followed by 15-minute discussion of this research.

Grading

  • Bi-Weekly Reports 60%
  • Bi-Weekly Presentations 20%
  • Participation 20%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 (University of Chicago Press, 0226726770)

Laura Spinney, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changes the World (Public Affairs: 1541736125)

Mary Ellen Kelm, Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia, 1900-50 (UBC: 0774806788)

Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr., Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (UNC: 0807859346)

Anne Case & Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism (Princeton: 9780691190785)

ESSAYS AVAILABLE THROUGH SFU Electronic Journals and Canvas


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021

Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).