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Instructor Info:Mark Feinstein
Office Extension x5551
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Description: The West of Ireland, with its mist-covered mountains, soaring cliffs, rugged rockbound shorelines and deep bogs, is a starkly beautiful place. For more than 6000 years people have struggled to build communities and sustain their lives here by farming and fishing. But it's a challenging environment -- there is relatively little fertile soil, a great deal of rain and wind, and often dangerous seas. Over the millennia vast forests were cut down, creating a striking vista of peat bog and bare hills that contrasts with the rolling green fields of much of the rest of the country. In this course, we travel for two weeks in the west of Ireland. We'll explore the ecology, geology and long history of the region, and -- from a multidisciplinary perspective -- consider how the physical landscape has shaped people's working lives, beliefs, language, and general culture.