L'Roe, Jessica E.

Assistant Professor of Geography

 work(802) 443-5387
 Spring 2017 Tuesday: 1-3, Friday 1-2 or by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 328



Course List: 

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FYSE 1524 - Nat History Across Disciplines      

Dirt Across Disciplines-Finding our Place
What can birds tell us about borders? Deer about politics? Earthworms about epistemology? In this class, we will use elements from the non-human world to explore a set of human conversations across academic traditions. We will take natural history seriously as science and metaphor, learning tree identification while discussing trees as tools in climate science and poetry, for example. We will also practice web-building, exploring conventions for communicating from a variety of disciplinary perspectives—from natural science to humanities, from scholarly questions to personal quests for meaning. Be ready to venture outside. May include 2-3 fieldtrips Friday afternoons or weekends. 3 hrs. sem. CW PHL SCI

Fall 2018

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GEOG 0208 - Land and Livelihoods      

Land and Livelihoods - From Local to Global
How do flows of money, people, materials, and ideas connect local livelihoods to distant sites and global processes? How do geographers study patterns of poverty and inequality at different scales? How do we define human development and wellbeing, how do we determine who participates, and why does it matter? In this course we will draw from perspectives in fields ranging from development geography and political ecology to post-colonial studies to examine livelihood dynamics in the Global South. We will use texts, interviews, writing assignments, problem sets, and mapping exercises to explore relationships between economy, identity, and place in an increasingly connected world. 3 hrs. lect. AAL CMP SOC

Spring 2017, Fall 2018

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GEOG 0225 - Environ Change Latin America      

Environmental Change in Latin America
This course examines Latin America from a geographical perspective with emphasis on the social, political and ecological underpinnings of change in the region. Building upon the theme of global environmental change in the context of human-environment geography, we will explore urgent challenges linked to the agricultural and extractive industries, urban expansion, land grabs, land reform, indigenous rights, and rural and urban poverty. 3 hrs. lect. AAL AMR SOC

Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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GEOG 0339 - Practicing Human Geography      

Practicing Human Geography
Asking and answering geographical questions often invokes a variety of specific spatial-analytical techniques and methodologies. In Practicing Human Geography, students will employ a variety of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in specific research contexts. Through lectures, examples, and readings, students will learn the types of questions each technique is designed to answer, how it works, and how to interpret the results. During weekly discussion sections, students will gain hands on experience with various software packages and employ these techniques to complete a series of research exercises. These research exercises, participation, and a final exam will form the basis for evaluation. (GEOG 0100, and at least one 0200-level course in geography) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab DED

Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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GEOG 0406 - Sem in Human-Environment Geog      

Seminar in Human-Environment Geography: Land-use, Management, and Governance
Aldo Leopold wrote, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” To whom land belongs, decisions about how land is used, and the way these are negotiated represent fundamental themes in human-environment geography. In this course, we examine how contemporary academic and policy debates about land management and governance continue, struggling to reconcile tension between land-as-commodity versus land-as-community. How do we balance increasing demand for food, fuel, and fiber with protection of human rights and natural ecosystems, each operating at different spatial scales? Who gets to decide? We will explore these questions of management, values, and governance through a combination of readings, discussion, and collaborative research.  (Open to senior majors only; others by waiver) 3 hrs. sem SOC

Spring 2017

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GEOG 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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GEOG 0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Senior majors only. (Approval Required)

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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GEOG 0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753