EnEd 4601
Wilderness Philosophy
Fall, 2011


SYLLABUS

Wilderness Philosophy
EnEd 4601

Instructor: Ken Gilbertson
Office: 123 SpHC (Hours by app't)
726-6258
www.d.umn.edu/~kgilbert
kgilbert@d.umn.edu
5-6:50 pm
SpHC 9A
Fall '11

Course Syllabus

Goal: The goal of this course is to deepen your knowledge base of the construct 'wilderness'. In doing so, it is intended to strengthen your beliefs toward wilderness.

Objectives: The goal will be achieved in four ways. They are:

1. Readings from selected materials
2. Class discussions
3. Written assignments
4. Being in a wilderness area

Schedule:

Date

Readings

Topic
Sept. 12 None Introduction: Personal beliefs/overview [personal def'ns];
Trip preparation
19 1:137-141[Thinking like a mountian];
4:238-271;
•Trip Review
•Pristine wilderness: Is there any left?[legal & biological def'n]
Friday, Sept. 23 - Sun., Sept. 25   BWCA Trip:
26 1:211-223[Wildlife n American culture];
3:Ch's 3-5;
4:8-22
Historical perspectives: Is "wilderness" an American condition? 
October 3
PAPER #1 DUE
 Historical perspectives
10 1:111-115[Odyssey] Class Discussion
17
4:8-22

The Native American view of wilderness

Religion and wilderness (video - Spirit & Nature)

24 1:269-279[Wilderness for: Recreation; Science; Wildlife];
2: Ch's 1,3,6,Appendix;

Wilderness Management

 

31   Wilderness Management
Speaker: Jim Sanders, Supervisor, Superior N.F.
November 7
1:243-251[The ecological conscience]
ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE
Environmental issues affecting wilderness: Debate on BWCAW issues.
14
ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE
Wilderness Issues discussion
21   Issues - Speaker (Tentative)
28

The BWCA: Our own backyard (video - Sigurd Olson)
December 5 ASSIGNMENT #4 DUE BWCAW
12   Conclusion
19   Final written exam Due

Texts:
Required: (All reading materials are on reserve in the library)

1. Leopold, Aldo. (1949). A sand county almanac. Ballantine Books. New York.

2. Sax, Joseph. (1980). Mountains without handrails. University of Michigan Press.

Optional (These can be found in the library. You will be responsible for selected material in these texts):

3. Wild, Peter. (1979). Pioneer conservationists in western America. Mountain Press Publishing. Missoula, MT.

**4. Olson, Sigurd F. (1956). The singing wilderness. Knopff, Inc. New York.

Written Assignments:

1. Research a person significant to the history wilderness. DUE OCT. 3. (Note: This person must be pre-approved by the instructor)

Your paper has two parameters:
a) The person that you research must have had direct experience in an area that is legally designated as a wilderness.
b) You must include in your write up how this research has influenced your own views of wilderness.

2. Preparation for your debate. You are required to submit your written work that is your preparation for your role in the debate. Your work must be accurate toward who you are representing and the views being presented. DUE NOV 7.

3.Your conclusions toward the Nov 7 debate DUE NOVEMBER 14.

4. Your personal view on wilderness: What it is, what it means.
Maximum of 4 typed pages. YOU MUST USE CITED LITERATURE using a minimum of three sources (no more than 1 from the internet). DUE NOVEMBER 28.

All written work is due at the beginning of class on the due date. No late assignments will be accepted. All work must be typed, double spaced with references cited in APA format (see above references for example).

Grading:

 Participation: Attendance is required  A = 90%
 Papers: 120 pts. (30 pts./paper)  B = 80%
 Outing: 30 pts.  C = 70%
 Debate: 20 pts  D = 60%
 Final: 50 pts.  
 Total: 220 pts.