MAST 352
Americans and the Maritime Environment Fall 2017 (also offered Spring 2018)
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed MAST 352 / HIST 352
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This course examines the impact of the maritime environment (both salt water and fresh) on human affairs from the age of European expansion to the opening decades of the 21st century. Taught using the collections of Mystic Seaport Museum and on several distant field seminars, Americans and the Maritime Environment examines en situ such things as race, gender, revolution, and humankind’s changing relationship with the world’s oceans. Readings in primary sources and secondary works on the social, economic, and technological implications of maritime activities culminate in an original research paper.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, including coastal and near-shore field trips, 10 days offshore, and an independent, primary source research project
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers, and short presentation, and final exam. Student papers will be a 5-page minimum and a 15-page minimum essay; the 15-page paper will be critiqued in three steps, as a proposal, a draft, and a final paper, with attention to reasoning and style
Extra Info: offered only at Mystic Seaport
Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or GEOS/MAST 104, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MAST 352 Division II HIST 352 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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