ENGLISH 242 - Interdisciplinary Studies in English
Summer 2022, Section 201 - Learning from the Landscape
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 6/25/22 - 7/23/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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What makes a place? And who are we in this place? In this course, we’ll investigate what it means to relate to a landscape, a time, an environment, and to a society. Specifically – how can we learn from a place, its people, and ourselves, rather than simply about it? Our texts will include - and then expand beyond - Great Lakes authors of the past and present. We will immerse ourselves in local natural communities and observe how plants, animals, soil, weather, and water articulate where we are. We’ll expand the way we see environments through exercises in drawing. We’ll broaden the way we come to know plants through gardening. We’ll attune our ears to the calls of birds and use sound as another tool for mapping. And continuously, we’ll connect back to thinking about our own identities as, simultaneously, students and teachers at the Bio Station. This interdisciplinary course will embrace journaling and writing as the constant thread to tie together a library of experiential learning.

NOTE: This class is open only to enrolled GLACE Program students. For more information, please see https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/glwc/about-glwc/


ENGLISH 242 - Interdisciplinary Studies in English
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201 (LEC)
 In Person
Partial Term 6/25/22 - 7/23/22
Note: This class is available to those students who have been accepted to GLACE. The GLACE program will spend the summer semester at the UM Biostation. Interested students should contact Jennifer Catey, jcatey@umich.edu.

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