ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Section: 001 Writing and Environment
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
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This class satisfies the American Literature requirement for English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course introduces students to a range of modes of writing in environmental studies. In the process of reading, discussing, and practicing different kinds of environmental writing, students will develop a variety of writing skills, in addition to an appreciation of writing as an important form of environmental action. ENGLISH 328 is suitable for anyone interested in environmental issues, including both science and non-science majors.

This course begins from the premise that writing is a form of environmental action. More precisely, perhaps, environmental action involves cultivating different writing skills appropriate to particular aims, desires, contexts, and issues. Writing a persuasive letter, designing an environmental advertisement, constructing an unambiguous policy brief, polishing a research essay, composing poetry or a speech: these are all forms of writing that intervene in the world in particular ways and that demand skill, practice, creativity and care.

Stemming from that premise, this course is designed to involve students in a range of writing practices in environmental studies, to cultivate a strong sense of the importance of writing as a form of environmental action, and to assist students to develop their own writing voices. In general, the course emphasizes three related activities:

  1. reading and analyzing well-crafted works of writing across a range of literary genres;
  2. practicing writing by experimenting with different styles, techniques, genres, voices, audiences, etc; and
  3. reflecting on the writing process in relation to other aspects of environmental action.

Course grade is based on: four revised essays (3-7 pages); short analyses of both a documentary and a piece of visual rhetoric; one visual argument in the form of a public service announcement; and a writer’s log in which students record thoughts and experiences as a writer.

ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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