ENVI 450
Senior Seminar: Environmental Ethnography Fall 2024
Division II Writing Skills

Class Details

A key question orients this course: What can the embodied, place-based, and detailed approach of ethnographic study bring to our understandings of the environment? This upper-level seminar will explore this question through classroom discussions and a semester-length research project. Students will engage different styles of environmental ethnography while undertaking their own ethnographic projects involving the Williams College community and surrounding areas. Students will learn to work across different kinds of evidence as they draft fieldnotes, code fieldwork data, extrapolate key ideas from their fieldwork materials, and discover new ways of building environmental knowledge. Students will use these materials to collectively assemble an edited volume of ethnographic snapshots to be presented to the wider Environmental Studies community at Williams.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 1319
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation in seminar discussions; Weekly fieldnotes (2-3 pages per week); Mid-term coded fieldwork notes and summary statements (9-20 pages); Final ethnographic paper (10-12 pages) and short film
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators; Juniors and Seniors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: This is a writing intensive capstone seminar. Students will produce and receive peer and professor feedback on weekly written assignments. The course includes a 9-20 page midterm and a 10-12 page final ethnographic paper.
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
EVST Senior Seminar

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