PCC / Class Schedule / Fall 2014: Credit / English /

ENG230 Environmental Literature

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Introduces texts that explore the relationship between people and their environments, both natural and built. Examines historical trends that have shaped thinking, understanding, and feelings about how humans and the natural world interact. Explores literary writings on issues of sustainability, environmental justice, ecological literacy, and a sense of place. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 47123

From the Instructor:
Welcome to ENG 230 for the first offering of this new PCC course in environmental literature! This is an introductory course, so it will introduce you to a number of kinds of environmental literature, some of which you may be familiar with and some of which may be new: creation stories, pastoral poems, place-based literature, Edward Abbey's humorous writing about deserts, writing about 'the simple life' with less stuff and the 'tiny house' movement, accounts of wilderness experiences, and, at the end of the term, some science writing by Rachel Carson and activist writing by Bill McKibben and James Howard Kunstler. It's a wonderfully wide scope of writing about both the built environment and the natural environment by some of the best writers.
Course Specific Requirements:
There are three books to purchase for this course: Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Any edition will do the the Abbey and Dillard books, but I recommend the Norton Critical Edition of Walden which I ordered for the bookstore since it has a lot of explanatory footnotes and other material we'll be using which will make reading the book a lot easier. There are a number of other shorter readings (most of them 2 or 3 pages) which will all be available online. The course is totally online; there's no requirement to come on campus.
Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
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  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 47123 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 11-Dec-2014
Instructor: Michael J McDowell
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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