English C77

Introduction to Environmental Studies: Introduction to Environmental Studies

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2008 Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert and Sposito, Garrison
Lectures TTh 12:30-2, plus one and a half hours of discussion section per week 100 GPB

Other Readings and Media

Cunningham and Cunningham: Principles of Environmental Science; Gilbar, S, ed.: Natural State; Leopold, A.: A Sand County Almanac; Snyder, G.: No Nature; Williams, T. T.: Refuge; also a course reader


This is an innovative team-taught course that surveys global environmental issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century and that introduces students to the basic intellectual tools of environmental science and to the history of environmental thought in American poetry, fiction, and the nature writing tradition. One instructor is a scientist specializing in the behavior of soils and ecosystems (Garrison Sposito); the other is a poet (Robert Hass). The aim of the course is to examine the ways in which the common tools of scientific and literary analysis, of scientific method and imaginative thinking, can clarify what is at stake in environmental issues and environmental citizenship.

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