2100 FINAL Syllabus 1516

2100 FINAL Syllabus 1516 - ENVS 2100 Environment Culture...

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ENVS 2100: Environment & Culture 6/8/2015 FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES York University ENVS 2100: Environment and Culture Term: 2015/16 Calendar Description: This foundational course enables students to develop a rigorous engagement with some of the complex dimensions of environmental culture, and to expand their abilities as engaged cultural actors in varied environmental milieus – as scholars, educators, artists, and critics. In addition to learning how to read texts and situations critically and carefully, students will develop a cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, environmentally grounded array of creative and problem framing skills. The course prepares students to address such issues as: the historical, conceptual and philosophical dimensions of environmental problems; the co-development of social, technological and ecological histories in particular places and globally; the cultural production of environmental issues in literature, the arts and popular culture; relations among nature, science and technology; the transformation of environments through literary, visual and performing arts; critical analysis of representations of nature, and media literacy; and the contemporary range of environmental and social discourses in diverse cultural and disciplinary traditions and practices. Prerequisite: Second year standing or permission of the Course Director. Course Director: Professor Jennifer Cypher Consultation Hours: Tuesdays 1-2:20 Office: HNES 240 Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistants: Eric Gajewski David Anderson [email protected] [email protected] Course Management – Teaching and Learning Philosophy In this course, all of us (course director, teaching assistants and students) are teachers and learners, and to be involved in the class discussions requires an active engagement with course readings, lectures, discussions, and the on-going assignments. These activities act as touchstones for all of us to share our perspectives on the nature of environment and culture relations. We hope to study, critique, produce and imagine new knowledge together. We expect you to do all of the readings, attend lectures and tutorials, and think critically about the ideas, as we thoughtfully consider the relationships between nature(s), technologies and societies, and contemporary social controversies surrounding environmental issues. Time and Location: Lectures : Mondays 12:30-2:30, CLH J Tutorial Group 1: TBA Tutorial Group 2: Tutorial Group 3: Note: TAs have been directed not to accept students into a tutorial unless they have formally registered in that section. In exceptional circumstances, the Course Director will consider recommending to the Undergraduate Program Director that a student be permitted to change tutorial group enrolment; a written request detailing the 1
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ENVS 2100: Environment & Culture 6/8/2015 reasons why a change is being requested and the choice of alternative tutorials must be submitted to the Course Director prior to the first tutorial session.
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