ENVI 243
Reimagining Rivers Fall 2021
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENVI 243 / ANTH 243

Class Details

In the era of climate change and widening inequality, how we live with rivers will help define who we are. Rivers are the circulatory systems of civilization, yet for much of modern history they have been treated as little more than sewers, roads, and sources of power. Today they are in crisis. Rivers and the people who rely on them face a multitude of problems, including increased flooding, drought, pollution, and ill-conceived dams. These problems will threaten human rights, public health, political stability, and ecological resilience far into the future unless we learn to manage rivers more justly and sustainably. Can we reimagine rivers before it is too late? This course will pursue this question by examining the social, cultural, and political dimensions of conflict over rivers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing on scholarship from a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines and focusing on case studies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, it will explore a diverse array of sources: film, fiction, ethnography, history, journalism, and more.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This class will be taught in a modified tutorial format, with five groups of three students, each of which will meet for one 75-minute session per week. Sessions will be held in-person and remotely.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1149
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Each week, each student will either write a 5-page essay on assigned readings or write a 2-page critique of a partner's paper.
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101
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:
ENVI 243 Division II ANTH 243 Division II
WS Notes: Students take turns writing 5-page essays and 2-page responses to those essays, with each writing 6 in total. For each five-page paper, I meet with the student to discuss technical aspects of the paper and specific ways in which it could be improved. At the end of the semester, students have the option of handing in one revised paper as part of a portfolio of papers from throughout the semester. This enables me to have an ongoing, in-depth discussion with each student about their writing skills.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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