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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 272
Course Title: An Introduction to Environmental Literature
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to contemporary writings about environmental issues. Exposure to aspects of environmental crisis and policy, to recent first-person nature writing and to novels that examine various ecological visions. Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbooks used in the course:

Simple in Means, Rich in Ends
By Bill Devall (Gibbs Smith)
The Practice of the Wild
By Gary Snyder (Shoemaker & Hoard)
Radical Environmentalism
By Peter List, ed (Wadsworth Publishing Company)
The Green Revolution
By Kirpatrick Sale (Hill & Wang)
Home Economics
By Wendell Berry (North Point Press)
The Voice of the Earth
By Theodore Roszak (Phanes Press)
Earth in the Balance
By Al Gore (Houghton Mifflin)
The Population Explosion
By Paul and Anne Ehrlich (Touchstone Books)
Ecological Literacy
By David Orr (State University of New York Press)
Desert Solitaire
By Edward Abbey (Ballantine Books)
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
By Annie Dillard (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Arctic Dreams
By Barry Lopez (Vintage)
Crossing Open Ground
By Barry Lopez (Vintage)
Solace of Open Spaces
By Gretel Ehrlich (Penguin)
First Person Rural
By Noel Perrin (Godine)
Woman on the Edge of Time
By Marge Piercy (Ballantine Books)
The Fifth Sacred Thing
By Starhawk (Bantam)
Ecotopia Emerging
By Ernest Callenback (Heyday Books)
The Monkey-Wrench Gang
By Edward Abbey (Avon)
By Bill Hunger (Hampton Roads Pub Co Inc)
By Scott Sanders (Tor Books)
Course Objectives
  • To identify a range of styles and approaches to current environmental issues.
  • To critically analyze claims and ideas.
  • To examine the emerging discipline of ecocriticism.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply a variety of critical approaches to environmental issues through study of a broad selection of current literature.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a broad selection of environmentalist perspectives.
  • Analyze environmental dilemmas and challenges fro multiple perspectives in current discourse.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of literary approaches to environmental concerns.
    Topical Outline:
  • “Place”
  • Wilderness
  • Human stewardship
  • Environmental crisis
  • Activism
  • Anthropocentrism vs. biocentrism
  • Radical ecologies
  • Utopian/dystopian visions

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: February 3, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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