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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 17599

From the Instructor:
This new PCC course introduces you to different kinds of environmental literature, some of which you may be familiar with and some of which may be new: creation stories, place-based literature, humorous and polemical writing about deserts by Edward Abbey, discussions about 'living simply' with less stuff, accounts of wilderness experiences, science writing by Rachel Carson, and activist writing on climate change. We'll read some of Annie Dillard's high-flying lyrical prose and some of Thoreau's down-to-earth descriptions of life around Walden. Here and there during the course we'll read a few poems by Mary Oliver and Robinson Jeffers. 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 four books to purchase for this course: Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire (Touchstone), Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (HarperCollins), Henry David Thoreau's Walden (Princeton), and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (Houghton). Any edition will do for the books, though I'll be referring to passages by the page numbers in these editions that I've ordered for the bookstore. (The publishers' list prices range from $11.95 to $16.00.) There are a number of other shorter readings (most of them 2 or 3 pages) which will all be available online through D2L. 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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WEB » 17599 - 05-Jan-2015 thru 19-Mar-2015
Instructor: Michael J McDowell
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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