Course Syllabus

Course Overview:

What is the value of water in our society? In this class, we will critically examine how people have interacted with water resources over the past century. While this course will mainly focus on the United States, we will investigate water issues that transcend national borders. As a class, we will analyze the various ways in which American people value and think about water, including as drinking water, recreational space, a sanitation mechanism, an economic resource, a flood, a drought, wilderness, and a site tied into their cultural identity. The ultimate goal of this class is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the role of water in contemporary and historical American society while developing your critical thinking and writing skills. This class is an opportunity to prepare for your post-graduate career by setting and achieving your individual HPS research goals and a senior capstone project.

LB492 Water and Society Syllabus