Learning goals (Engl, Humn, En St, IP, W2)
We will pursue all four of the English department’s learning goals in this course:
(1) to analyze a variety of texts and respond to their aesthetic and cultural value,
(2) to respond to a wide range of literary and filmic texts and understand their historical and
(3) to articulate ideas effectively in discussion and in oral presentations
(4) to write gracefully, coherently, imaginatively, and persuasively, with proper attention to effective organization.
We will also pursue aspects of four of the Environmental Studies learning goals:
(1) Understand fundamental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities underlying environmental thought and governance.
(2) Integrate and apply perspectives from across the natural sciences, social science, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
(3) Communicate integrated perspectives on complex environmental problems in the form of written and oral argument to both professional and lay audiences.
(4) Design and conduct independent research that contributes to environmental thought and/or problem solving.
And the course will also focus on five of the Comparative Humanities learning objectives:
(1) Understanding cultural norms as provisional positions in an historical process of change and conflict
(2) Comparing and evaluating differences in a non-hierarchical manner across boundaries of all kinds.
(3) Comparing in a meaningful way intellectual materials of different or opposing types (i.e. narrative with non-narrative texts, etc.).
(4) Appreciating the benefits, problems, and intellectual challenge of comparative study across historical, cultural, or generic boundaries.
(5) Demonstrating effective expository skills, both orally and in writing.
As a W2 course, this course also will provide writing instruction, support the writing process by writing in stages, teach the techniques of writing needed by students and expected in the discipline, require frequent and substantial writing, and use writing to teach subject matter.