AGST 3000 Agriculture, Society and the Natural World. …FAll 2006 INSTRUCTOR : Mark E. Bender PhD. Class meets: Tuesday/Thursday 9:40-11:07… Bizzini Classroom Building C-113 Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Tuesday 3:00 to 4:00 and by appointment
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INSTRUCTOR: Mark E. Bender PhD.
Assigned readings on current Agricultural Issues from a variety of sources…
Attendance* (10 pts/class ) 260 pts 22%
Journal (weekly analyses…11 @ 10 pts) 110 pts 9%
Current Ag Issue Articles (4 @ 20 pts) 80 pts 7%
Other Assignments (approximate) 100 pts 8%
Agricultural Commodity Paper/SB (MT) 150 pts 12.5%
Qualitative Interview 100 pts 8%
Agricultural Issue Paper and Story Board 150 pts 12.5%
Agricultural Issue Debate (Final and participation)* 100 pts 8%
Final Exam 150 pts 12.5%
(may be optional based on class participation)
TOTAL = 1200 + or - 100%
The thresholds will be:
For your information, the overall grade in the course will be based on assignments which are assigned numerical points based on the following general criteria:
A=Performance of participant shows sustained excellence in meeting all course requirements and exhibiting intellectual initiative
B=Performance of participant shows consistent and effective achievement in meeting course requirements
C=Performance of participant has been barely adequate, meeting only the minimum course requirements
The sociology of agriculture presented through an examination of relationships between societies and their environments, economies and agriculture. Emphasis on the analysis of agriculture’s use of technology and the corresponding impact on the environment, on the economy and on society.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
This is an approximation as to how the course will progress. It is subject to change according to current events and other opportunities for enrichment.
1 Introduction*1Qualitative Interview
2 History of Agricultural Development
3 The Role of California Agriculture
Agriculture Statistical Review for California
4 U.S. Agriculture, World Population and Food
5 Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture
6 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
7 Air Pollution
8 Conduct Ag Issue Interview and Teamwork
9 Water Issues in California, Irrigation
10 Urbanization of Rural Areas, Agricultural Land Preservation
11 Pesticides / Integrated Pest Management
12 Sustainable Agriculture
13 Endangered Species Act & E.P.A.
If time Agricultural Labor& Immigration Issues
If time Family Farm and Rural Societies and Rural Poverty
14 Agricultural Issue Debates
15 Agricultural Issue Debates Final Exam