ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Section: 003 Environmental Literature
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Course Note:
Seminar on environmental topics for first-year students.
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar explores the human connection to the environment and the evolution of American attitudes toward the natural world as reflected in environmental literature. Understanding our connection to the world through the use of language enables us to examine our relationship with nature in various works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film. In addition to exploring environmental literature and film, students attend environmental events on campus and write about their experience. By fostering a greater appreciation for our connection to the environment and attempting to reconcile our ambivalent attitudes toward nature, this seminar helps us define our place in the natural world.

Texts may include:

  • Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire,
  • Diane Ackerman’s The Moon by Whale Light,
  • Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac,
  • Ellen Meloy’s Eating Stone,
  • Scott Momaday’s The Man Made of Words,
  • Jack Turner’s The Abstract Wild.

Films may include: “Garbage Warrior,” “Waterbusters,” and “Trinkets and Beads.”

Contact Virginia Murphy with any questions: vemu@umich.edu

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ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
020 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only 1st-yr students, including those with soph std, may register.
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ISBN: 0671695886
Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness, Author: by Edward Abbey ; drawings by Peter Parnall., Publisher: Simon & Schuster 1st Touchs 1990
ISBN: 0613033574
Into the wild, Author: Jon Krakauer., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1997
ISBN: 0553233890
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Author: Annie Dillard., Publisher: Bantam Books 1975
ISBN: 0393924661
O pioneers! : authoritative text, context and backgrounds, criticism, Author: Cather, Willa, 1873-1947., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co 2008
ISBN: 9781594851049
Yellowstone to Yukon : freedom to roam : a photographic journey, Author: by Florian Schulz ; Rick Bass ... [et al.] ; foreword by David Suzuki ; preface by David Quammen ; introduction by Douglas H. Chadwick ; epilogue by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Publisher: Braided River 2007
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