GEOG 286 - Special Topics
Devoted to a specific topic unique for each semester and instructor. Permission from instructor is required for registration. May be repeateable for credit.
SPRING 2019 SEC. 1 - LOOMIS: GEOGRAPHIES OF POVERTY & INEQUALITY The gap between the rich and poor is growing, prompting concerns about what intensifying inequality and poverty might mean for society. This course will provide students with an opportunity to think deeply about the diverse causes, consequences and experiences of inequality and poverty. We will focus primarily on the United States, but we will also look at historical and global examples for context. Throughout the semester, we will move through a series of inquiries to explore how housing, food, transportation, health, the environment, and work and wages are related to course themes. We will use academic articles, maps, videos, short stories, reputable news sources, policy briefs, art and in-class discussion to help us identify and analyze the underlying structural causes and consequences of poverty and inequality so we might envision alternatives.;
SEC. 2 - LOOMIS: WRITER’S WORKSHOP SEMINAR - This course is designed for students who are seeking to advance and conclude a major piece of writing-whether a journal article, thesis or dissertation-during the semester. The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with support, including structure and accountability, so they are able to achieve a major writing goal by the end of the semester. Using a workshop-style format, students will also have an opportunity to engage in the peer review process including receiving constructive feedback on their own writing and reviewing the work of peers. Students will also be introduced to a variety of writing strategies, exercises and resources that will support the development of an academic writing habit. Students interested in the workshop must be prepared to write, revise and submit a major piece of writing by the end of the semester; a writing project with a clear scope and deadline are essential for success in this course. Open only to senior thesis writers in Geography and by permission only.
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Anticipated Terms Offered: Fall and Spring