AMST 216 Spring 2015 Environmental Humanities: Theory and Practice (D)

Cross Listed as ENVI217
How does culture shape our use and imagination of the physical environment? And how does the physical environment shape culture in turn? These are the central questions of the environmental humanities. This course will explore the various ways in which scholars from a broad range of disciplines have sought to answer these questions by incorporating insights from social theory and cultural criticism. Focusing on studies of socio-environmental conflict in the United States and Latin America from the time of European colonization to the present, it will examine key works from environmental history, ecocriticism, environmental philosophy, and cultural geography, and it will survey the major methodological and theoretical commitments that unite these fields. Emphasis will be placed on environmental justice and the ideological critique of modernity. How have scholars made environmental sense of liberalism, colonialism, capitalism, nationalism, sexism, and racism? How have these "isms" influenced our relations with the natural world, and how can the humanities help us both understand and change these relations for the better? This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity requirement.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- 7-page essays; several shorter writing assignments
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Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives,AMST Space and Place Electives,ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP SC Theory/Method Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3938
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AMST 216 - 01 (S) LEC Envrnmntl Humnits:Thry/Pract (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Nicolas C. Howe
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM 3938 Open
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