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RLFR 207
Urban Ecologies of the French-Speaking World: Sustainability and the City in the 21st Century Fall 2020
Division I

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In the twenty-first century, urban populations around the world have continued to grow, all while the climate crisis has become ever more urgent. The fact that more than 55% of Earth’s inhabitants live in urban settings today means that cities will be important actors in the fight against climate change moving forward. In this course, we will examine how cities from the French-speaking world (including in North America, Europe, and Africa, as well as along the Pacific Rim) are enacting solutions for sustainable living in their midst. Taking a cultural studies approach, we will examine a variety of sources–including literature, videos and films, press articles, government documents, academic analyses, websites, and artistic productions, among others–to understand the challenges each of these cities faces and the solutions each has introduced. In so doing, we will study how site-specific realities, such as (eco)tourism, the legacy of colonialism and imperialism, relations with indigenous populations, and inequalities (such as those of race, sex, gender expression, class, age, and ability), are interwoven with questions of sustainable development and ecological living. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar; Remote. This will be a remote course available to all students, whether they are on campus or completing coursework 100% remotely. We will convene synchronously via web-conferencing multiple times per week, with an emphasis on discussion in small groups. There will be many opportunities for all course members to interact via a series of varied online activities both during and in-between our synchronous sessions.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2805
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, 3 reactions papers, 1 group presentation, final project
Prerequisites: successful performance in RLFR 106 or another RLFR 200-level course; or by placement test; or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: All are welcome, but if overenrolled, preference will be given to French majors and certificate students; and those with compelling justification for admission.
Distributions: Division I

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