Courses

ENST 103 Intro to Environment & Culture

In order to think critically about Environmental Studies, this course will ask you to question how you describe, explain, and relate to nature through language, ideology, and media. To do this we will examine conceptions of nature drawn from the Humanities: philosophy, religion, literature, and art. An understanding of these disciplines will help us gain insight into contemporary environmental debates. The class will examine some of the following questions: What is our relationship to nature? How does nature have value? How has religion contributed to our conceptions of nature? How has English as a language and literary tradition evolved different ways of expressing our relationship to the natural world? Have recent environmental activists articulated a compelling rhetoric? Links to themes of environmental justice, science of the critical zone, and sustainability, connecting this course to the other two introductory courses for the Environmental Studies Program. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

INQ 120 Film & Ethics

Investigates questions of values, individual and communal, from the standpoint of a particular field of learning. The course will teach reasoning skills through reading, writing and oral communication by linking key works with broader traditions of critical reflections on the good life. Students will be encouraged to explore ways in which they can use the course material for their own reflections on what it means to live well. (Credit cannot be received for both HNRS 120 and INQ 120.) (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
P Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

RELG 207 Native American Religions

This course explores the rich diversity of Native American religious practices that existed before first contact, and those that evolved when Christianity began to spread. We will read Native American myths and stories from around the continent and also research individual tribal traditions. We will seek to understand ancient native rituals such as the Sun Dance as well as those movements that arose in response to Christianity such as the peyote cult and Ghost Dance. The course's Methodologies include the following: a historical perspective from pre-contact to the modern era; a narrative approach to story cycles at the genre, tribal, and regional level; an anthropological analysis of ritual, finally, a biographical approach will reveal how the many dimensions of Native American religion come together in the life of a signiricant practioner. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM