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ENGL 229
Environmental Literature


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Students will examine fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction drawn from the tradition of nature and enviromental writing to explore the complex relationships between place and self as the class considers the natural world and our relation to it from a variety of perspectives. Lectures and discussions will focus on nature-writing as mirror to shifting social, cultural, scientific, and personal perspectives on nature.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Familiarity with the characteristics of a variety of genres (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.) dealing with aspects of environmental literature.
  • Developed a sense of place and how the self is shaped and affected by place.
  • Awareness of environmental issues and concerns as represented through literature.
  • Functional awareness of the concepts and literary works necessary in developing a strong contextual framework for understanding the contemporary discussions surrounding the natural environment.
  • Appreciation for the myriad perspectives which inform a variety of environmental attitudes.
  • Improved abilities in critical thinking, reading, discussion and presentation skills, and writing—all of which contribute to improved literary understanding.
  • Understanding of the factors which have shaped how contemporary society has come to regard its natural environment.

  • Course Topics
  • Readings from contemporary and historic authors writing about nature and environment
  • Discovery of inter-relationships shared with members (human and non-human) of environments
  • Understanding of how cultural, social, and political attitudes influence environmental awareness and issues
  • Use of literature to articulate paradigms of self, place, environment, and the environmental self

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ENGL 229
    Fall 2012
    1428
    Jennifer Boyden


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
    X
    X
    X
     
    X
    X
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.