SRJC Course Outlines

6/24/2024 5:02:54 AMENGL 10 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 10Title:  INTRO LIT & ENVIRONMENT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Literature and the Environment
Last Reviewed:4/11/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to literature, with an emphasis on American environmental literature. Study will include major figures, themes, and historical periods; different cultural perspectives on the relationship between humans and the nonhuman world; the role women have played in the development of the genre; and the relationship between environmental literature and emerging environmental concerns.

Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8) OR Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Completion of EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intro to literature & environment. Major figures, themes, historical periods, & different cultural perspectives on the relationship between humans and the nonhuman world.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8) OR Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Completion of EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2004
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2004
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2004
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2004Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2004Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define environmental literature as a genre
2. Identify selected major figures in environmental literature and
  analyze their contribution to the genre
3. Identify major historical patterns and emerging traditions embodied
  in environmental texts
4. Compare and contrast the ways in which human relationship to the
  nonhuman world has been imagined in literature from two or more
5. Critique some aspects of contemporary U.S. culture from an ecological
6. Assess the contribution of literary texts to the emerging culture of
  environmental concern

Topics and Scope
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Topics will include but not be limited to:
I. Overview of literature and literary genres
  A. Definitions of literature
  B. Overview of literary genres
  C. The genre of environmental literature
     1. Definitions and literary scope of the genre
     2. The interdisciplinary nature of the genre
II. Major figures in environmental literature
  A. Contributions of nonfiction writers: e.g. Henry David Thoreau,
     John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez, Annie
     Dillard, Wendell Barry, Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams,
     N. Scott Momaday
  B. Contributions of fiction writers: e.g. Pam Huston, Barry Lopez,
     Leslie Marmon Silko
  C. Contributions of poets: e.g. Gary Snyder, A.R. Ammons, Mary Oliver
III. Historical patterns and emerging traditions in environmental
  A. The pastoral tradition in Greek and Western romantic literature
  B. Early American literature: Descriptions of nature and writing
     about regions in the 17th and 18th Centuries
  C. Thoreau and the birth of the nature essay in the 19th Century
  D. Turn-of-the-Century: Extending the Thoreauvian tradition
  E. 20th Century renaissance of American environmental nonfiction
     1. Literal vs. metaphorical representations of the environment
     2. Connections with science, art, history, economics, and policy
     3. The place of Place
     4. Movement from egocentrism to ecocentrism
  F. Major contributions of women to American environmental literature:
     e.g. Susan Cooper, Mary Austin, Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard, Terry
     Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver
IV. Similarities and differences in the ways in which literary works of
     different cultures have imagined the human relationship to the
     nonhuman world
  A. Oral vs written literary traditions
  B. American Indian vs. Western creation stories
  C. Conceptions of place in indigenous and Western cultures
  D. Cultural perspectives on an "ethical" relationship to the land
V. Ecocriticism: a critical approach to literature and culture
  A. Definition of a "critical approach" to literature
  B. Overview of other critical approaches: e.g. formalist, historical
      deconstructive, psychoanalytic, feminist, reader response
  C.  Definition of ecocriticism
  D. How to practice ecocriticism
VI. Environmental literature and the emerging culture of environmental
  A. Ways in which the arts in general and texts in particular both
     shape and express values and attitudes towards the natural world
  B. Ways in which texts can provoke environmental reflection and prac-
     tice restorationism
  C. Art, advocacy, and activism

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Reading assignments may include:
1. Assigned readings from major works of environmental literature
2. Selected essays on environmental literature as a genre
3. Selected essays offering different cultural perspectives on the
  nonhuman world
4. Selected essays on ecocentrism as a critical approach to literature
Writing assignments may include:
1. A structured reading journal on assigned readings
2. Essay exams covering units of study
3. Analytical essays on assigned works (500-1,000 words)
4. Personal essays in response to assigned works (500-1,000 words)
5. Ecocritical analysis of a text, film, or advertisement
6. Term papers requiring research and MLA documentation (1,500-2,500
7. Original student writing in the genre of environmental literature
Other assignments may include:
1. Group or individual presentations on particular authors, time periods
  or themes
2. Objective examinations and quizzes
3. Field trips to explore a local ecosystem
4. Group or class project: Based on class readings and personal experience
  and common sense, to create a land ethic, the ethical and practical
  principles that can serve as a guide for the human relationship to the

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
70 - 80%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, structured reading journals
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Matching items, Completion, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Group and individual presentations; participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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THE NORTON BOOK OF NATURE WRITING. Ed Robert Finch and John Elder.
  W.W. Norton, 2001.
LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Ed. Lorraine Anderson, Scott Slovic,
  And John P. O'Grady. Longman, 1999.
WALDEN. Henry David Thoreau. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
PRAIRYERTH. William Least Heat-Moon. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
FRIEND OF THE EARTH. T.C. Boyle. Penguin, 2001.
WALKING, Henry David Thoreau. Harper, 1994.
THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA. John Muir. Penguin, 1985.
THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN. Mary Austin. Penguin, 1997.
SILENT SPRING. Rachel Carson. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
SAND COUNTY ALMANAC. Aldo Leopold. Ballantine, 1970.
DESERT SOLITAIRE. Edward Abbey. Ballantine, 1971.
PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. Annie Dillard. Harper Perennial, 1988.
TURTLE ISLAND. Gary Snyder. New Directions, 1974.
ARTIC DREAMS. Barry Lopez. Vintage Books, 1986.
NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. Mary Oliver. Beacon Press, 1992.
REFUGE. Terry Tempest Williams. Pantheon, 1991.
THE CONTROL OF NATURE. John McPhee. Noonday Press, 1990.
CEREMONY. Leslie Marmon Silko. Penguin, 1977.
MY ANTONIA. Willa Cather. Mariner Books, 1995.

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