AMST 353 Fall 2014 Apocalypse in Post-War America: Environmental Fear From the Atomic Age to Climate Change (W)

Cross Listed as ENVI353
One dominant strain of the postwar American environmental imagination has been fear, from diffuse anxiety to paralyzing terror. This course will explore this culture of fear through a variety of topics in postwar American environmental consciousness, including the specter of atomic annihilation, the anti-ecotoxics and environmental justice movements, food security, and climate change. We will also explore issues surrounding the idea of wilderness, the relation of native peoples and other minority groups with the landscape, the natural environment in urban spaces, human labor in the natural environment, and the ways in which a variety of disciplinary perspectives such as law, politics, and public health inform our historical understanding of environmental fear. Key texts will include Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on attendance and participation, weekly written responses to readings, structuring and leading discussion during one class meeting, a final research paper proposal, 5-7 page draft, and a final 12-15 page research paper
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 2024
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
AMST 353 - 01 (F) SEM Apocalypse in Post-War America (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Brian McCammack
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Clark Hall 205 2024
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