Environmental Science 304 – Integrated Environmental Science                         Fall 2005

Instructor:  Jim Taulman


General Information


Course Description – This course presents a variety of perspectives on current global environmental issues and their social and political contexts.  An attempt is made to incorporate Native or Indigenous beliefs and cultural views. 


Prerequisites – LSci 203, Traditional Foods, Plants, and herbs; and English 113, with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.


Learning Objectives – It is expected that the student will become familiar with both sides of current issues dealing with significant global environmental concerns and the socio/political frameworks within which these issues will be resolved.  Successful participation in class will require reading and becoming familiar with assigned articles in course texts and articles provided by the instructor.  Evaluation will be made through scheduled exams and discussions in class. 


 Conferences – Student conferences will be by appointment.  If you need to meet with me email or call and set up a time to meet before or after class.  I can be contacted at:  605-745-3959 and by email at jtaulman@olc.edu


Attendance – You should make a commitment to come to every class on time.  If you have a schedule conflict with this class, drop it and take it again another semester.  A student may be dropped after 3 consecutive absences and will automatically be dropped after 5 total absences.  Partial attendance on a given day will be recorded on an hourly basis, that is, missing 1 hour will count for 1/3 of a class period.


Books – The texts for this course are:

1. Sacred Ecology by Fikret Berkes  

2. Taking Sides by Thomas Easton and Theodore Goldfarb

3. In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander

These books are available in the bookstore at Piya Wiconi. 


Homework – Work assignments will consist of reading and being familiar with chapters in the textbooks, or other articles provided by the instructor, for each class period.  Individuals will be asked to explain and interpret ideas described in chapters covered each class period. 


Grading – Four tests will be given and the grade will be comprised of an average of those four scores.  Do not plan on being able to change a grade after the semester is over.  Make your best effort during the semester because the grade you earn will be a permanent entry on your transcript.




A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below


Environmental Science 304 – Integrated Environmental Science                         Fall 2005

Instructor:  Jim Taulman


Lecture (4 tests)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chapter           


Aug. 29 – Introduction                                                                                                 


Sept. 5 – From Sacred Ecology:

            Context of traditional ecological knowledge                                                                   1 & 4

            Cree worldview “from the inside”                                                                                  5


Sept. 12 – From Sacred Ecology:

            How local knowledge develops: cases from the West Indes                                           8

            Toward a unity of mind and nature                                                                                10


Sept. 19 – From In the Absence of the Sacred:

What Americans don’t know about Indians                                                                   11

            Indians are Different from Americans                                                                 12

            The gift of democracy                                                                                                   13


Sept. 26 – Test #1


Oct. 3 – From In the Absence of the Sacred:

            Lessons in stone age economics                                                                                    14

            The theft of Alaska                                                                                                       16

            The theft of Nevada                                                                                                      17


Oct. 10 – Indian holiday


Oct. 17 – From In the Absence of the Sacred:

            Corporations as machines                                                                                             7

            The new order and new resistance                                                                                Epilogue

            Organizations                                                                                                                Appendix


Oct. 24 – Test #2




Oct. 31 - From Taking Sides:  

            Issue 2: Is biodiversity overprotected?

            Issue 3: Are environmental regulations too restrictive?

            Issue 4: Should environmental policy attempt to cure environmental racism?


Nov. 7 - From Taking Sides:

            Issue 5: Is the precautionary principle a sound basis for international policy?

            Issue 6: Do environmentalists overstate their case?

            Issue 7: Should ANWR be opened for drilling?


Nov. 14 – Test #3


Nov. 21 – From Taking Sides:

Issue 12: Do human activities threaten to change global climate?

            Issue 14: Municipal waste: is recycling sound policy?


Nov. 28 – From Taking Sides:

            Issue 15: Nuclear waste: should we focus on Yucca Mountain?

            Issue 16: Is limiting population growth a key factor in protecting the global environment?


Dec. 4 – Final Test