Courses from the Spring 2016 Calumet Quarter
Historical Ecology of the Calumet Region
This seminar explores the historical and political ecology of the Calumet Region through a series of interrelated and cumulative moments of incorporation and transformation, including European colonial expansion, urbanization and market expansion, industrialization and deindustrialization, and the advent of urban wilderness. Through readings, discussion, and field studies, we will examine the role of power, equity, and difference in shaping the social and natural ecology of this region over the past 500 years.
Topics in Calumet Ecology
This course will give students a strong foundation in the local ecology of the Calumet. We will use local research and habitats to understand fundamental concepts in ecology and the scientific method. We will explore many of these habitats during field trips with scientists and practitioners. Our focus will be on urban ecology, whether these basic ecological concepts are applicable, what other factors need to be considered in the urban ecosystem, and the role humans have in restoring natural and managing novel ecosystems, among other topics.
Environmental Management and Planning in the Calumet Region
This course focuses on the identification and measurement of environmental outcomes in the Calumet Region of Chicago. Topics include the quantification of air quality impacts from industrial pollution and the potential for green infrastructure development to manage stormwater in the region and beyond. The course will introduce students to the environmental concerns and opportunities in the area and develop the methods and tools for measurement, management and planning for improved outcomes for residents and businesses. The course will draw on economic concepts and tools through applications of environmental management and policy.
Calumet Readings Course
The Program on the Global Environment will be hosting many interesting guest speakers during the Calumet Quarter, and this readings course will be dedicated primarily to the discussion of relevant articles written by the speakers. This will acquaint students with literature on a variety of topics ranging from landscape management to ecology to conceptions of nature. Students will be expected to discuss the articles, drawing on knowledge gained in the three core Calumet courses. Students will also attend the guest presentations and write short responses to the lectures.