ENVIRON 244 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Section: 001 Representing Wildlife
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years: the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. According to the Center for Biodiversity, although extinction is a natural phenomenon, we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day—99 percent of these extinctions due to human activities. And yet, at no time in history have individuals and organizations devoted more time, money and media to preserving, restoring and defending wildlife. The complex relationship between humans and wildlife is amply reflected in our culture’s art, literature, and even our law. From the iconic illustrations of James Audubon to the controversial Bonobo photos by Frans Lanting, from the slaughter of pigeons described by James Fenimore Cooper to the orca die-off recorded by Eva Sualitas, from the heated legal defense of the snail-darter to the soulful depiction of “The Last Panda,” this course will examine our artistic and literary efforts to represent wildlife, in order to better identify the underlying ethical, scientific and political perspectives these representations reflect and challenge.

Course Requirements:

Active Participation and Discussion Entries
Three Essays
One Team Presentation

Intended Audience:

Students interested in gaining a better understanding of our evolving and perspectives on wildlife and the challenges to “representing” wildlife.

Class Format:

Discussion and Lecture.

ENVIRON 244 - Topics in Culture and Environment
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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