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ASEM 2507: Earth Sound | Earth Listening, Winter 2020 pdf syllabus
Instructor: Timothy Weaver, tweaver2@du.edu, 303.871.3279
Shwayder Art Building, Rm 213,
office hrs: MW 9AM to 10AM
(please confirm appointments 24 hrs. in advance)
Teaching Assistant: Emilie Trice <emilie.trice@du.edu>

COURSE OVERVIEW & DESCRIPTION
Earth Sound :: Earth Listening is an advanced environmental humanities seminar that takes a art-science research approach to investigating the convergent topics of ecoacoustics, soundscape ecology, environmental awareness, sound arts/design and the development of an eco-critical dialogue in listening spaces.

The course will survey and investigate ecoacoustics through a framing of listening space and psychoacoustics between the earthly sound sources/spaces/streams of biophony (sound from biological sources) and geophony (naturally occurring non-biological sounds).  From this auditory perspective we will explore and define a lexicon of sound, art-science practice, scientific applications and the proposal of future research into ecoacoustic perception, sound design and the preservation of acoustic ecologies and environments.
 
The coverage of this course is intended to act as a foundation for creative inquiry/critical dialogue into ecological soundscape literacy as an example of emergent art-science investigation, application, process and practice.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
: : t h e o r y : :
:: Introduce and expand the scientific and creative theory, concepts and processes that characterize the foundations of ecoacoustics, soundscape ecology and environmental sound art;

: : c o n t e x t : :
:: Build insight into the environmental contexts which define the significance and applications of ecoacoustics;

: : m e t h o d s & t  e c h n i q u e s : :
:: Review the boundaries, shared gray areas and emergence of intra-, cross-, multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary disciplines.
:: Characterize the tools, methods and techniques that exemplify and expand the theoretical base and language of ecoacoustics;
:: Perpetuate the knowledge train and access to these tools and techniques to root experimentation, artistic and scientific processes for developing future works; 

: : c r i t i c a l  d i a l o g u e : :
:: Expand language and literacy for the empowerment of critical dialogue, analysis of work, expansion of sonic arts and ecological/acoustic scientific exchange of ideas and criticism;
:: Charge this environment with an atmosphere that challenges the dualistic assumptions of art-science investigation and practice.
:: Foster a collective diversity of criticism that promotes experimentation, research, and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, process and possibilities;

: : n e t w o r k : :
:: Develop an inclusive group environment for the questioning, discussion, and exploration of the potential directions and fate of contemporary new media artists and their work for the near future;
:: Cultivate a symbiotic educational relationship among class participants which includes internal mentoring, bottom-up input, and collaborative materialization of work;
:: Initiate a collaborative and cooperative network among class participants for future creative endeavors outside the academic institution; and

: : r e s o u r c e : :
:: Provide utilitarian resources as survival tools for the continuation of future art-science endeavors.

COURSE POLICIES
In order to meet course objectives the following requirements are critical to the attainment of an inclusive environment that is supportive to all participants:

Attendance
Attendance is mandatory. 3 unexcused absences constitutes the drop of 1 letter grade for the course (3 lates = 1 absence, >30 min. late = absence). An unexcused absence from any critic or critique segment (in the case of a critique split over multiple sessions) will constitute the immediate drop of 1 letter grade for the course. Non-attendance at final critique/project presentation results in a failing grade (F) for the course.

Disability and/or medical accommodation
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability or medical condition should contact the Disability Services Program to coordinate reasonable accommodations. They are located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave.303.871. / 2372 / 2278/ 7432. Information is also available on line at <http://www.du.edu/disability/dsp>; see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.

Participation
Active and supportive participation in all project critiques, discussions, and presentations will be expected from all group members.

Quality of Work
All creative work under consideration for presentation, critique or discussion under this course should be of a completed/finished quality that warrants the attention and respect of your cohorts. No excuses nor explanations.

Integrity of Work
All work will conform to the DU Honor Code. Written material will be turned into TurnItIn.com website for plagiarism screening.

GRADING
Work will be graded on the basis of fulfillment of course requirements combined with an assessment of assigned work. This assessment will be weighed in terms of degree of effort, creativity, and individual growth through the session. Grades will be assigned according to the University Policy as follows:

A superior/excellent
B good/better than average
C competent/average
D minimum passing
F failing