Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Mar 30, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 4801 - Water Societies: Ecology, Technology, History

(crosslisted) ANTHR 4801  
(CA-AS) (CU-SBY)     
Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment preference given to: seniors. Five local field-trips required: dates and locations TBA.

L. Cortesi.

This course offers conceptual and analytical tools to study environment-society relations with a focus on water. We will confront water from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, examining different—and often less common and discriminated against—points of view and weaving together different perspectives from our readings, discussions, fieldtrips, guest lectures, and encounters around and about water. To this goal, we will engage with water from both a local and a global perspective: immersing ourselves in how several specific societies have interacted with water, we will compose and compare these representations. We will also encounter the closest possible water, that of Ithaca and surroundings: during the course we will conduct several fieldtrips, and, as a course project, each student will conduct a semester-long individual ethnographic project.

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