[geogu-l] Geog 490-The Seattle Region
rroth at u.washington.edu
Wed Mar 7 10:36:49 PST 2007
Faculty member Doug Mercer says there are still at least 10 slots left in Geog 490, The Seattle Region, for Spring, and offers the following insights into the nature and purposes of the course:
What do students do in 490?
The overall product of the course is an on-line guidebook to the Seattle Region. Students work in small groups to devise a field trip to the region. We call these "Explores." You can check out the guidebook and all of the Explores done so far in the three previous editions to the class.
Students will explore the Seattle region by doing each others' Explores, and some that I devised.
Course Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/dmercer/geography490.htm
(Note, I'm setting out to improve the look and feel of the guidebook before next quarter.):
Why should you take 490?
· It's flexible content-wise. You can do anything you want for your Explore so long as you can justify it, it's safe, and legal. We have Explores that take field trippers pub hopping, hiking, hanging out on Broadway listening to music, visiting green buildings around the city, and shopping at malls.
· It's also flexible time-wise. You can do the Explores on your own schedule; there are five days or so where we don't meet to give you time for that.
· You can incorporate pictures, audio, video, and animation into your group's final guidebook posting.
· It counts to urban-social and environment-society concentrations.
· You get focused attention from me. There are no TA's
· It's fun. Ask around to others in the department that have taken the class and know me.
· Reading is not too heavy, and in the second half of the quarter the students pick the readings.
Even if you can't take it, send it around to other students you think might be interested.
Send me an email if you have any questions at dmercer at u.washington.edu
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