Students in this pod will take Foundations of Ecology and Introduction to Fiber Arts, and will be based on campus.
Enrollment Requirements and Options:
Student are not required to enroll in both courses in this pod, but they are encouraged to do so. Students in this pod can enroll in online courses, Senior Year Research Project, or Independent Study work. Students may TA these courses with instructor permission.
This pod includes the following courses:
Introduction to Fiber Arts 3 cr
The spinning wheel has been used in various social movements to symbolize reclaiming autonomy from exploitive forces. Examples of this include the Homespun Movement within the American Revolution; The Khadi Movement within the Indian Revolution; and this idea is eloquently summarized by the quote above from Lucy Larcom, one of the foremothers of the American Labor Movement. When we are asked to be both the implements and objects of exploitation the best answer we can find is non-cooperation, refusing to offer our labors up to exploitive forces. That non-cooperation requires skills that allow us to use our agency for our own purposes to create the goods we need for our communities. If we choose to do so, we are able to eliminate our reliance on an oppressive system.
At its heart this course is about making the non-cooperation choice a viable one. In order to reclaim our agency, we must first restore the skill-sets that make up our cultural inheritance. Reskilling is an essential part of re-localization and of course regaining connection with the land. In form this course is about practicing skills, developing relationships with place through utilizing the resources from the land in addition to creating art.
Foundations of Ecology 4 cr
This course is a survey of key ecological concepts as they relate to environmental issues. We will consider ecological processes, including ecosystem energetics, productivity, community structure and dynamics, species interactions, nutrient cycling, and global weather and climate, and we will explore the influence of these processes on the structure and functioning of terrestrial biomes. We will consider the world’s biodiversity: what it is, where it came from, how it is distributed, how we measure it, trends over evolutionary and ecological time, and how it relates to ecosystem functioning. Throughout the course, we will examine the applications of ecological concepts to current environmental issues including climate change, biodiversity loss, population growth and others. We will practice using the scientific method to investigate ecological questions.