Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.
Principles of Agrarianism
What, in your opinion, are the fundamental guiding principles of agrarianism as articulated by Wendell Berry? Note that there is more than one good answer to this question. So give us your own interpretation, not a restatement of what your classmates say or your guess at what your instructor thinks is “the right answer.” Defend your interpretation with reference to the assigned Berry reading. In what ways is agrarianism a conservative alternative to the progressive vision of the green movement? Why might traditional religious believers be more attracted to agrarianism than to deep ecology?
Review your classmates’ posts. As you answer this question, be sure to provide evidence from the article that supports your claims. You might also spend some time describing the difference between conservative and progressive environmental positions and how the fundamental guiding principles of those groups align with the actions that they take in the world.
Attend discussion on at least four separate days, and post a total of 800 words. There is no required word count for individual posts as long as all your posts together total 800 words. Nor is there a minimum number of posts, but you must post on at least four separate days by Day 7.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your discussion.