As humans, our relationship to nature is vexed. Although inherently a part of nature, we also stand apart from it and impose our will upon it. In this course, we will examine some of the more troubling questions about our relationship with the environment. These questions include the following: How has modernity shaped humanity’s relationship to nature? What purpose does the nature-culture division serve in society? How does the media mediate our experiences with nature and help to shape our responses to it? What are our responsibilities to the environment, and are those responsibilities at odds to our responsibilities to other humans?
Readings will include works from William Wordsworth, John Muir, Richard Louv, John Krakauer, and others. These works will provide the foundation for discussion and the context for exploring classroom ideas within the writing assignments.
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