AMST 216
Environmental Humanities: Theory and Practice Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENVI 217 / AMST 216
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3938
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- 7-page essays; several shorter writing assignments
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 217 Division II AMST 216 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
ENVP SC Theory/Method Courses

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