Welcome to the webpage for IDPT 101-14 (Rise of the Himalayas: Hazards on the Roof of the World) at The College of Wooster. First-Year Seminar (FYS) provides a special intellectual opportunity for faculty and first-year students to participate in small, discussion-oriented, multidisciplinary courses. The course introduces students to the independent thinking and academic skills that they will need in subsequent course, including Junior and Senior Independent Study.
From this homepage, you can access Course Policies and Procedures (attendance requirements, grading scales, assignment explanations, etc.), the tentative Course Schedule (topics covered in class, reading material, and lecture assignments), Weekly Announcements (items of importance), and a Resource page (password-protected site for additional course material).
I will attempt to keep these webpages current, adding to the Weekly Announcements and Resource pages throughout the semester. Please be certain to check the course webpages regularly to receive updates on the week’s important activities or changes to the course schedule.
If you have ideas about items you would like to see posted here, please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), talk with me in class, or comment on our Weekly Announcements webpage.
The following sections outline important course details:
First-Year Seminar (1.00 course credits)
MWF 12:00-12:50 am; Scovel Hall, room 004
Dr. Shelley Judge
Office: Scovel Hall, room 118
Office Phone: 330.263.2297
Office Hours: There is a weekly appointment schedule posted outside my office door. Please sign up for an appointment if you have any questions about the course.
Teaching Apprentices (IDPT 398):
Lindsey Bowman email@example.com
Nick Fedorchuk firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the semester, Lindsey and Nick will keep you updated on their specific office hours.
Blackwell, Susan. Tsunami. Surrey: Taj Books, 2005.
Eteraz, Ali. Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan. New York:HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
Rothery, David A. Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis. London: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2007.
Twigg, John, and Mihir R. Bhatt, eds. Understanding Vulnerability: South Asian Perspectives. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, 1998.
All four of the above books are required. In addition to the above texts, many weeks throughout the semester we will read short journal articles and webpages to complement existing assignments. These texts listed above and the supplementary material will form the basis for our class discussions. Reading assignments for the texts and for the articles are located in the course schedule.
Our section of IDPT 101 (FYS) has a course webpage, which is organized through Voices (one of Wooster’s course blogs). Please bookmark and check the webpage regularly; I will post “weekly announcements” to the webpage to update each of you on the week’s important activities or changes to the course schedule. In addition to the weekly announcements mentioned above, you will also have 24/7/365 access to the course syllabus (this document), the course daily schedule, and supplementary reading material. The course website is: http://fysjudge.voices.wooster.edu/.
Generalized FYS Course Description and Objectives:
IDPT 101 (FYS) is required of all first-year students. The First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry focuses on the processes of critical inquiry in a writing-intensive, small seminar. Each seminar invites students to engage a set of issues, questions, or ideas that can be illuminated by the disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives of the liberal arts. Seminars are designed to enhance the intellectual skills essential for liberal learning and for successful participation in the College’s academic program. First-Year Seminar many not be taken S/NC. (from the COW Catalogue, p 121)
Criteria for all FYS courses include:
- to provide students with clear opportunities to meet the learning objectives.
- to introduce questions and problems that are intellectually challenging as well as interesting and comprehensible to first-year students.
- to approach issues from a number of perspectives, methods, and points of view.
- to create the opportunity for students to pose problems and pursue their own questions in relation to the course themes.
- to introduce students to substantive texts of a variety of kinds.
- to require a minimum of five graded writing assignments that encourage students to engage in a variety of intellectual tasks, including synthesizing, judging, and comparing different approaches or points of view and drawing on several sources in constructing an argument.
Specific Course Description for our Section:
Rise of the Himalayas: Hazards on the Roof of the World
Mountains…monsoons…earthquakes…tsunamis…cyclones…floods…droughts…climate change. Over 100 million people on Earth are affected by natural disasters each year, and the people of South Asia are no exception. In fact, South Asia is impacted yearly by natural disasters that bombard their coastlines, threaten their growing seasons, and flood their homelands. In recent years, millions in South Asia have been victims of the environment. For example, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2007 South Asia Floods together affected over 50 million people alone. In what ways do these natural disasters impact the people of South Asia? Is this region of the world more vulnerable to environmental disasters due to its geography? These are questions that we will explore as we discuss the science behind the natural disasters and the influence these disasters have on the millions who call South Asia home.
Specific course objectives include:
- to identify the numerous natural hazards that are possible in South Asia (i.e. their histories, trends, and definitions) and how specific Earth processes produce conditions suitable for natural hazards.
- to understand how scientists use data when predicting and assessing natural hazards.
- to analyze the geographic, socio-economic, and political impacts that natural hazards have on human populations.
- to evaluate human responses to natural hazards and formulate solutions to help minimize the personal and societal consequences of these hazards.