Ecology, Agriculture, and Society

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Meeting Information
Location: CSC 1-ECOL
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 2:30-3:20
Email: bschultz@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5486
Office: CSC 105
Office Hours:
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Technical Information
Course Level: 100
Course Number: 150
Course Capacity: 25
Course Website:


Ecology, Agriculture, and Society is a Natural Science class taught by Brian Schultz.

Course Description

This course looks at agriculture as a set of ecological systems and issues. It refers to ecology in both the sense of interactions between organisms (e.g., crops, pests, and predators) and their environment, and in the larger-scale sense of environmental impacts and related social and political issues. A broad range of topics will be covered, including pesticides and alternatives, soil fertility and erosion, the role of animals, genetically modified crops, biofuels, global vs. local trade and more. The course work will consist of readings, discussion, written assignments (with revisions as needed), work at the Hampshire farm, group and independent projects, guest lectures and films, and field trips. Given the field work, always be prepared to walk and be outside (e.g., sun screen/rain gear, sensible shoes). Some field work may include other times and days to be arranged in class.

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