AMST 406
Environmental Planning Workshop: Community Project Experience Fall 2023
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 402

Class Details

In this class you apply your education to effect social and environmental change in the Berkshires. Students work in small collaborative groups to address pressing issues facing the region. Class teams partner with community organizations and local & regional governments to work with clients to develop solutions. You will learn while doing and contribute to the community. The field of environmental planning encompasses the built environment, such as housing, zoning, transportation, renewable energy, waste, neighborhood design; the natural environment, such as open space, farmland, habitat and species protection, natural resource protection, air and water pollution and climate change, and the social environment, such as racial zoning, recreation, placemaking, ecojustice, food security, and healthy communities. Skills taught include basic land use planning, GIS mapping, developing and conducting surveys, interview techniques, community-based research, project management, public presentations and professional report-writing. The class culminates in public presentations to the client organizations. The class hours include time for team project work, client meetings and team meetings with the professor. Recent project topics: https://ces.williams.edu/environmental-planning-papers/
The Class: Format: seminar/conference; The weekly conference session (1 hour) is dedicated to site visit field trips, team project work, client meetings and team meetings with professor.
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1262
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Response papers (three 1-page papers), in-class exercises, class discussion, small group work, public meeting attendance, project work, final report (due in segments during semester) and final presentation.
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 recommended; open to juniors and seniors.
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators, American Studies majors, Maritime Studies concentrators.
Unit Notes: Course fulfills senior seminar requirement for Environmental Studies Majors, Environmental Studies Concentrators, and Maritime Studies Concentrators. American Studies Space & Place elective. Course is an Environmental Studies Concentration elective (ENVI Policy and ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science) and Environmental Studies Major elective.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 402 Division II AMST 406 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Core Courses
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
ENVI Environmental Policy
ENVI Senior Seminar
EVST Core Courses
EVST Senior Seminar
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
MAST Senior Seminar

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