ENVI 291
Religion and the American Environmental Imagination Spring 2018
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed REL 291 / SOC 291 / ENVI 291
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This course examines the relationship between religious and environmental thought in modern America. Exploring a broad range of practices and beliefs, we will examine the religious (and anti-religious) roots of contemporary environmental discourse. Drawing widely on both religious studies and the environmental humanities, we will examine the works of famous environmental thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau and Wendell Berry, as well as a number of lesser-known writers from non-Christian backgrounds. We will read these writers alongside recent scholarship on religion and ecology to understand how they were influenced by social and environmental trends such as urbanization, industrialization, immigration, and globalization. We will also ask how religion has intersected with gender, race, class, and ethnicity to shape environmental politics in the twenty-first century, with particular emphasis on agrarianism, wilderness preservation, and climate justice.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3993
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a 15- to 18-page research paper and several shorter writing assignments
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 291 Division II SOC 291 Division II ENVI 291 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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