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College Eight Core Course Schedule — 2009

NOTE: We may revise the dates slightly. See online version







0:  9/21-9/27


9/23 First Plenary
1pm Classroom Unit Two


9/24 First section meeting

Readings: Grapes of Wrath, 1–60,

1:  9/28-10/4

9/29 Assignment due: Reflective Essay Readings: Grapes of Wrath, 61–152, Sanders or Stegner


9/29 Plenary, 4-5:30 pm, Classroom Unit Two

Why Grapes of Wrath Matters Today

Susan Shillinglaw, English, San Jose State

10/1 Readings: Recommended: Wartzman (wiki).  Read  Commoner (reader)

2: 10/4-10/11

10/6 Assignment due: Nettrail online quiz http://nettrail.ucsc.edu/ Readings: Grapes of Wrath, 153–324. Skim Worster (all 3)


10/6: The Environment and Human Rights

Ravi Rajan.  Recommended:  Jones, Bullard

10/8 Assignment due: Integrative Essay #1 (with copies for editing groups) Harden (reader)

3: 10/12-10/18

10/13 Assignment due: Revision of Essay #1

Readings: Grapes of Wrath, 325–4  

  Steingraber “War”  Jones (reader)


10/13: Environmental Justice: the Case of the Silicon Valley Sheila Davis, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Recommended readings: Ekrikson and Thorpe


Readings: Schlosser (reader)

4: 10/19-10/25

10/20 Assignment due: Field investigation proposal

Student conferences

Readings: Hawken p 275- (reader)


10/20: Conservation Science and Planetary Survival

Ingrid Parker, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,

Patrick Chuang, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Recommended readings: Hertsgaard “Irresistable Automobile”

10/22 Assignment due: Integrative Essay #2 (with copies for editing groups & instructor). Readings: Optional “Slicing Up the Rainforest” (reader)

5: 10/26-11/1

10/27 Assignment due: Purposeful description for field project

 Student conferences.

Pollan x 2 (reader)


10/27: The Politics of Food

Patricia Allen, Director

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UCSC

10/29 Assignment due: Summaries of background information for field investigation

6: 11/2-11/8

11/3 Assignment due: Annotated revision of Essay #2, with cover letter

Readings: Climate in California (reader)


11/3: Global Warming: Up Close and Personal

Susanne Moser, Research Associate, UCSC

Recommended: “Climate in California”

11/5 Assignment due:
1 ½ page argument for field project.

7: 11/9-11/15


Interview questions due

11/10: The Future of Water

Brent Haddad, Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSC

Recommended: Reisner (reader)

11/12 Assignment due : Field Investigation, version #1

8: 11/16-11/22

11/17 Readings : review “The Rights of Business” by Hawken

11/17: Risk and Disasters

Ravi Rajan. Recommended reading:  O’Brien


11/19 Transcript of interviews for field project.

11/21 ELWR exam

9: 11/23-11/29

11/24 Assignment due: Sustainability project essay and discussion

Hawken “Restoration” (reader)


11/24: Engineering for a Greener World

Ken Pedrotti, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC

John Vesecky, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC

Recommended readings: Bass, Oliver

11/26 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving week)

10: 11/30-12/6

12/1 Assignment due: Field Investigation, final version (including all materials and early drafts), AND Portfolio of class work . ELWR appeals due

12/1 Plenary: Closing lecture with Provost Rajan


12/3 Last section meeting.  Final exam the following week. 12/4 Wr 2 enrollment noon