ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Section: 004 The Plot Beneath the Garden
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Sustain
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.

In this course, we will study participatory processes of land stewardship in the context of local community gardens. We will look into sites where participants’ design sensibilities are an integral part of such processes, as well as those where they are not immediately apparent. Specifically, we will partner with communities—distinct in race, class, and gender—and place their narratives in conversation with a range of theoretical and historical perspectives on space, politics, and justice. As we explore these accounts, we will discuss how our partners are imagining the city for themselves, their families, and their communities, and the extent to which they are building an infrastructure to support their visions. By interconnecting academic scholarship and lived insights, we will go past the rhetoric of community gardening as a harmonious imperative and examine how this practice might be social, but also deeply political and complex.

The course will serve as a space of reflection for students, and potentially, an opportunity for collaborating with community partners to develop and contribute spatial narratives to the Smithsonian’s “Community of Gardens” digital archive. Together, we will shape the course in ways that are mutually rewarding and intellectually stimulating. This course may require additional field trips to Detroit using CEAL-Ride vehicle (4-5 hrs).

ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
P
33514
Open
15
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LEC)
P
32521
Open
6
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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