||Environmental China: nature, culture and development
||CHINA is commonly seen in the West as a negative example, even the villain, of global environmental ills. Besides surpassing the United States to be the world’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, China also experiences widespread pollution of its air, soil and water--arguably among the worst in the world. China’s problems are neither unique nor isolated, however. Employing political ecological approach, the course explores the roots of China’s environmental challenges as created by and mediated through historical, cultural, political, economic and social forces both internal and external to the country, and especially the acute changes as a result of global socialism and capitalism in the 20th century. It also examines some of the solutions that Chinese government and the public are taking on to deal with worsening environmental conditions.
||Student participation in class is an essential element for the success of a course. You attend each class on time and read the readings BEFORE the class start. All students are expected to participate in discussion with the expectation to speak in class throughout the term. You will also submit FIVE think pieces (one page) of the readings throughout the term. The think pieces are not going to be graded but will be recorded. There will be two organized fieldtrips in Beijing. You will be required to participate unless you generate a written excuse in advance from relevant authorities.
For class attendance, if you miss more than three classes without prior notification to the instructor, the participation grade will go down by half and an additional missing period will result in the participation grade down to 0. Five or more unexplained absences from the class will result in an “F” for the course. I will have office hours and expect meet with you at least twice during the term.
Reading and class schedule are posted on the course site. It is subjected to revision and I will email you if the revision happens within two days of the class period.
Introduction: China’s environment: questions and theoretical perspectives
China: Unique historical heritage and Chinese environmental approaches
China’s environmental preservation: Co-existing with nature
Field trip visit to PKU Center for Nature and Society or with H2O
China’s environment in historical perspectives: Environmental evolution and the state
Feeding China: traditional agriculture, colonization, revolution and reform
Group meetings on presentations and research paper
Food scares and innovation
Water: dams and water transfer project,
Farm group provides some questions
More about water questions Farm group presentation, discussion of our visit Other groups work on their presentation
Chinese economy, globalization and pollution
China’s energy and global impacts Water group presentation
Group presentation: Globalization and Waste Energy group
Governance: Chinese state, and environmental governance: lessons from China: looking around
Student participation in class is an essential element for the success of a course. This means that you attend each class on time and read the readings BEFORE the class start. All students are expected to participate in discussion with the expectations to speak in class throughout the term. There will be two organized fieldtrips during the class time in Beijing. You will be required to participate both unless you generate a written excuse in advance from relevant authorities.
For class attendance, if you miss more than three classes without prior notification to the instructor, the participation grade will go down by half and an additional missing period will result in the participation grade down to 0. Four or more unexplained absences from the class will result in an “F” for the course.
1. One quiz of China’s geography: 5%
2. Two think pieces based on class readings (less than a page each, one each week of the readings), one commentary of the fieldtrip. You may decide which day of the readings you want to focus on to comment, and post on the weeks’ discussion board before each Friday. The think piece may address one or more questions listed in the syllabus. 15%
3. Group presentations: please sign up a presentation topic on the first day(4-5 persons per group): Food, Water, Waste and Energy. The dates of the presentation are listed in the syllabus. 20%
4. One term paper (5-7) pages, double-spaced and typed with 12-point font) on a topic that is relevant for the central theme of this course. The paper should cite at least 3 class readings. Students should determine their topics in consultation with me by the end of the first week and should submit the papers digitally by Tues, July 17. No late submission will be accepted unless a legitimate reason is presented to the instructor at least three days in advance. If you have any question concerning how to pick up a topic and/or how to write paper(s), please consult with the instructor in the first two weeks of the course.
All papers require in-text citation in format of (author, year), or endnotes, and bibliography. All should have introduction and conclusion. Absolutely no plagiarism is tolerated. Your paper must reflect your own thinking and writing.
All readings will be accessible from the course blackboard website.
Participation and discussion： 20%
Participation in this class commits the students and instructor to abide by a general norm of equal opportunity and academic integrity. It implies permission from students to submit their written work to services that check for plagiarism (such as Turnitin.com). It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the definition of plagiarism. Violations of the norm of academic integrity will result in failing grade.
Phone and computer policy:
Please shut off and put away cell phones/personal communication devices before entering the classroom. Your phone is not to be visible in class.
In-class computer policy: Computers are allowed in class only for purposes of taking notes and viewing course readings. No other documents are to be opened. Students who bring computers to class must sit toward the front of the room and not in the back rows. Web browsers are never to be activated unless I specifically ask you to do so.