Rob Cole, SEM 2, E 4112 (867-6714); Email: Rob C.
Robert Smurr, SEM 2, C 3112 (867-5056); Email: Rob S.
Office hours are arranged by appointment.
Earth Stewards: Sustainable Living in a Threatened World
(CRN: 222249)  Fall, Winter 2009-10


Lectures: Students will normally have one or two faculty lectures per week, given by the Robs, usually on a rotating basis.  Lectures cover material relevant to, but not directly based upon, our course texts.
Seminars: One to two per week based on the particular week’s reading(s).

Everyone should come prepared to speak, argue, and discuss relevant themes in seminar. Feel free to use your short response notes as jumping off points for discussion. The more closely and critically you and your colleagues read the assigned texts, the more effective and enjoyable will be our time spent in seminar.


One or two per week, depending on length and content. Students will preview and lead discussions on feature films and documentaries.

Workshops: Usually one per week.  We will emphasize the development of research, writing, and library skills.  Some workshops will be taught in classrooms, others will be taught outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.
Field Trips:

In fall term, we will take one day trip and two overnight trips to diverse regions within Washington State.  These trips are designed to be fully integrated into our course themes and are thus considered essential aspects of the program.  If the schedule or other considerations make it too difficult for you to attend some of our trips, please contact the faculty to make alternative plans to ensure your academic progress.  We will travel by van to distinct Environmental Learning Center (ELC) camp facilities within Washington, as well as one trip to the The Quileute Reservation, located on the stunning coastline at La Push, Washington.  Please see Program Schedule (below) for specific trips and dates.

Trips are required and will depart promptly from the circle in front of the CRC (Gym). 
Detailed itineraries forthcoming.

Field Trip I:  Olympia’s Environment              Depart 9:30 a.m., TESC on Friday, Oct. 9.
                                                                      Return: approx. 4:00 p.m., same day

Field Trip II: The Columbia River                   Depart 9:30 a.m., TESC on Monday, Oct. 12.
                                                                      Return: approx. 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Field Trip III: The Olympic NP                        Depart 9:30 a.m., TESC on Monday, Nov. 16.
                                                                      Return approx. 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Art Work: Although we dedicate no formal workshops or tuition to developing art skills, we highly encourage all students to draw, sketch, paint, take photographs, and/or gather items to create compilation books, etc.  In short, we highly value visual aids, and will use them repeatedly in our own lectures.  We encourage you to share your creations with fellow students, and to use some of your finer works to help add pizzazz to your end of term portfolio.

PROGRAM FEES: $200 per student

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