AMST 216
Landscape, Place and Power Fall 2018
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 217 / AMST 216
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How does culture shape the way we imagine, use, and experience the physical environment, and how does the physical environment shape culture in turn? What can landscapes tell us about the values, beliefs, and ideas of the people who make them? What is the relationship between place and social power? 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 place and landscape in the Americas from the time of European colonization to the present, it will examine key works from fields such as cultural geography, environmental history, ecocriticism, environmental philosophy, and anthropology, and it will survey the major methodological and theoretical commitments that unite these fields.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1549
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays; several shorter writing assignments
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II
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
EVST Culture/Humanities
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