graduate Conceptualizing our Regional Environment gCORE FALL 2010

Tuesday and Thursday, 6-10 pm, Lecture:  Sem 2 C1105
Seminars:  Sem 2 C2107 (Martha), C2109 (Kathleen), C2105 (Judy)

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Judy Cushing                Lab I,   Rm 1003     (360) 867-6652      judyc
Martha Henderson     Lab I,   Rm 3018      (360) 867-6841       mhenders
Kathleen Saul                Lab II, Rm 3271      (360) 867-6716      saulk

Conceptualizing Our Regional Environment (gCORE) is the first core program in the MES degree requirements. Taught only once each year as the inaugural class for new MES students, gCORE serves a number of functions. Its curriculum introduces new students to the MES program, to The Evergreen State College, and to the Pacific Northwest. The program also orients students to interdisciplinary, experiential environmental content and problem-solving. Faculty will present readings and lectures that inform and demonstrate for students how these curricular and programmatic challenges are achieved. Program expectations, specific learning strategies, skill-building, advising, and familiarization with campus resources also constitute major parts of the gCORE curriculum.

In addition to facilitating student success in the two-year MES program, gCORE focuses on environmental conditions and issues unique to the Pacific Northwest, including the geographic area east as well as west of the Cascades, British Columbia, Idaho, and Northern California. Many students are new to the general topics of environmental studies, the Pacific Northwest, and/or interdisciplinary learning.  All students will achieve familiarity with, or deepen their understanding of, regional dynamics, physical characteristics and ecological relationships; Native American tribal issues; environmental justice; and cultural landscapes of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Adjunct faculty who teach ecology, energy, and economics based electives will be introduced to students through guest lectures.

Major themes are explored at the regional level through readings, lectures, research presentations, workshops, and seminar. Readings, lecture topics, skill-building and research are outlined in the class schedule (in the syllabus and updated by week on the web). Please consult the syllabus for specific assignments, due dates, and class leadership requirements.  Additional specifics will be added to the class schedule as the quarter progresses, so students are asked to use the program web site as their primary source of program information:  http://blogs.evergreen.edu/gcore.

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