At University of California, students are expected to do two hours of work outside of class for each hour they spend in class. For SAS004, there is one hour of in-class lecture and one hour of in-class discussion per week, so the expectation is that each student will spend four hours per week outside of class on associated work. The largest amount of that time on a weekly basis will be spent reading. Some weeks have more pages to read and some have less.
Although there is no textbook for the course, there are weekly readings. Readings are meant to be done after you watch a movie and before the next discussion section. In the past all readings were available in a single commercial "course reader". That approach has the benefit of providing all materials in a single book. The downside is that it was relatively costly to acquire the rights to use the source materials, which made the reader expensive for students to purchase.
Since fall 2012 SAS004 readings are now organized into two ways of delivering the content to you- a purchased reader for copyrighted materials not currently available under UCD digital access rights and a list of individual readings you can get for free, but which you have to go out and actively get on your own through some effort, as required by copyright laws and policies such that we cannot give them to you, even though they are free for you to have (!).
Just to be clear, the course reader is not free, but it is a required part of the course because the content is just too valuable to miss out on to understand the topics of the course, in my evaluation of the scholarship of the topic of the course.
A course reader is available for purchase. I use an independent vendor for this to provide students with a product that is priced fairly for students without violating copyright laws. I get no money from the vendor, so this is purely what I think works best for the students. To purchase the course reader, please follow the instructions below:
- Step 1: Visit https://students.universityreaders.com/store/.
- Step 2: Create an account, or log into your existing account.
- Step 3: Select our school, and SAS 004, and then proceed from there.
Not all readings for this course are free. However, AMONG THE FREE READINGS, then the following applies: As long as you are connected to the internet through a UC network, then you can access, read, and download the subset of readings that are free articles and required for this class at no cost. This shifts the burden you face from one of dollars to one of labor to get the files yourself and possibly print them out yourself. We are not allowed to provide you with the files, so you have to get them yourself. Here's how:
Canvas free readings folder
If you go to the SAS004 Canvas site, you will find all of the free readings organized for you in PDF format in the folder named "Free Readings". UC Davis' copyright agreements with publishers allows us to access these items digitally for free, so I can provide them for you.
How you find a journal article at its source location on your own
- Make sure you are connected to the internet through the university. If you are off-campus, there are two ways to do that, as explained at the library's web page HERE.
- As a first attempt, from a campus location or with a VPN/proxy login, simply write or paste the title of the aticle into Google or another search engine and see if it finds it. it should access the free version.
- if step #2 does not work for you, then go to the UC Davis web page that allows you to search for E Journals. It is HERE.
- Look at the required reading you want to get and take note of the name of the journal.
- Type the journal name into the "keywords" text box on the UCD E journals webpage and click on the "search" button
- If the website finds nothing, then the University has abandoned supporting that journal. Try using a web search engine to find the article. Note that if you do a web-based search for a journal UC does support, then the "door" into the journal that you take from a search engine is likely to not permit you to access the content, because you did not go through the UC's E journal "door". It migt work, but it might not.
- If the website finds it, then it may have one or more links you can click on. You have to take note of the volume number for the article follow the correct link.
- Next, you may arrive at the UC-eLinks web page that lists several possible sources permitted by the UC system. Once again, you have to take note of the volume number for the article and follow the correct link.
- When you click on source link, it will pop up a new window and then you must search for the article. There are two ways to do that. Option 1 is to find a search box and put in the name of the article or author and see if the journal's website can track it down. Option 2 is to navigate through the available or archival issues to the correct volume, issue, and page number
In summary, it is not very easy or intuitive to find a journal article the first few times you try, but putting in this effort saves you a substantial amount of money, so hopefully that motivates the effort. Even if you could afford to purchase a reader with all this content organized for you, the fact is that as college students you need to gain the skill of tracking down scholarly articles for your eventual career. Employers expect employees to take initiative and get what they need for themselves. This is an opportunity to both save money and practice your skills at finding things.
List of All Readings and When to Read Them
Readings below are color-coded as follows:
- Blue- a reading in the course reader that you have to purchase.
- Maroon- journal article you must download on your own from a journal's website.
- Orange- internet accessible website you can read directly by clicking the hyperlink.
- Green- internet hosted PDF document you can freely download.
Read the following after the first course meeting:
1. Niedzvieki, H. 2000. We Want Some Too. Pages 19-51.
2. Niedzvieki, H. 2006. Hello, I'm Special. Pages 3-31.
Read the following before your discussion section about Chinatown:
3. Reisner, M. 1993. Cadillac Desert. Pages 333-355.
Read the following before your discussion section about The River:
4. Barry, J. M. 1998. The Rising Tide. Pages 173-209.
Read the following before your discussion section about A Civil Action:
Read the following before your discussion section about Into The Wild:
6. Zink, R. 2010. Asking 'Who are you?' when going into the wild: moving beyond an individualized form of outdoor education. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning 10:1:19-32
7. Lehman, D. W. 2008. The Body Out There. The Stakes Of Jon Krakauer's Adventure Narratives. River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative 10:1-2:466-479.
Read the following before your discussion section about Aguirre: The Wrath of God:
8. Diamond, J. 1995. "East Island's End". Discover magazine, 16:8:62-70.
9. Kalitsi, E. A. K. 1973. "Volta Lake in Relation to the Human Population and Some Issue in Economics and Management". In (eds. Ackermann, W. C., White, G. F., Worthington, E. B.) Man-Made Lakes: Their Problems and Environmental Effects, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical monograph 17, Washington D.C. (available from Wiley Online)
Read the following before your discussion section about Even The Rain:
10. Schneier-Madanes, G. 2005. "Conflicts and the Rise of Users' Participation in the Buenos Aires Water Supply Concession, 1993-2003". In (eds. Coutard, O., Hanley, R., Zimmerman, R. Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems, Routledge, New York), p. 151-171.
11. Castro, J. E. 2007. Poverty and citizenship: Sociological perspectives on water services and public-private participation. Geoforum 38:756-771.
Read the following before your discussion section about The Fast Runner:
12. Kaltenborn, B. P. 1998. Effects of sense of place on responses to environmental impacts: A study among residents in Svalbard in the Norwegian high Arctic. Applied Geography 18:2:169-189.
13. Fenge, T. 2001. "The Inuit and Climate Change". Isuma 2:4:1-10.
Read the following before your discussion section about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen:
14. Cronon, W. 1996. The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature. Environmental History 1:1:7-28.
15. Hays, S. P. 1996. Trouble with Bill Cronon's Wilderness. Environmental History 1:1:29-32
16. Ludwig, D., 2001. The era of management is over. Ecosystems 4, 758–764.
17. Humphries, P. and Winemiller, K. O. 2009. Historical impacts on river fauna, shifting baselines, and challenges for restoration. Bioscience 59:673-684.
Read the following before your discussion section about Day After Tomorrow: