ENG230 201803 Undergraduate

Spring 2019
ENG 230
Applies To: 
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Department Section Description: 

This course is an introduction to literature that foregrounds and examines the relationship of humans with their surroundings, particularly the “natural,” non-human world. As a class, we too will examine this relationship by way of the literature we study, and the course will be organized around questions of ethics, justice, activism, and meaning that proceed from this relationship, including, What is "nature," and what is humanity’s relationship to it? What are the sources of environmental crisis and catastrophe, and what actions can, should, or must be taken accordingly? How is environmental degradation related to structures of human oppression?  Environmental literature encompasses many genres, and we will study examples of fiction, nonfiction, theatre, poetry, film, and other media. The major texts we will read will be Walden by Henry D. Thoreau and Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. This course will also introduce students to ecocriticism, the study of literature and environment, and we will consider questions in areas of this field such as wilderness, climate change, and environmental apocalypse.


A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.