SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2019 8:43:57 AMENGL 10 Course Outline as of Summer 2019

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 10Title:  INTRO LIT & ENVIRONMENT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Environmental Literature
Last Reviewed:5/23/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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 American environmental literature. Study will include major figures, themes, and historical periods; different cultural perspectives on the relationship between humans and the non-human world; the role women have played in the development of the genre; and the relationship between environmental literature and emerging environmental concerns.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8) OR Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Completion of ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to American environmental literature. Study will include major figures, themes, and historical periods; different cultural perspectives on the relationship between humans and the non-human world; the role women have played in the development of the genre; and the relationship between environmental literature and emerging environmental concerns.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8) OR Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Completion of ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2004
Inactive: 
 Area:E
H
Humanities
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:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Critically read, analyze, and interpret major works in the American environmental tradition.
2.  Demonstrate understanding of the influence of major early figures, such as Thoreau and Muir, on 20th- and 21st- century environmentalist writing.
3.  Distinguish between literary perspectives on the relationship between humans and the non-human world.
 

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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
  non-human world has been imagined in literature from two or more
  cultures
5. Critique some aspects of contemporary United States culture from an ecological
  perspective
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 Berry, 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
    literature
  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 concept 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
     non-human 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
      deconstruction, psychoanalytic, feminist, reader response
  C.  Definition of ecocriticism
  D. Practice of ecocriticism
VI. Environmental literature and the emerging culture of environmental
   concern
  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 practice restorationism
  C. Art, advocacy, and activism

Assignments:
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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
  words)
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. Quizzes: objective and essay examinations
3. Field trips to explore a local ecosystem
4. Group or class project: Based on class readings and personal experience
 create a set of ethical and practical
  principles (a land ethic) that can serve as a guide for the human relationship to the
  land

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 - 75%
Written homework, analytical essay, personal narrative essay, ecocritical analysis, essay exams, term paper, structured reading journals
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Group project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 15%
Quizzes: objective and essay examinations
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Group and individual presentations; participation; field trip or alternative assignment


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Norton Book of Nature Writing. Ed Robert Finch and John Elder.
  W.W. Norton, 2002 or most current edition.
Literature and the Environment. Ed. Lorraine Anderson, Scott Slovic,
  And John P. O'Grady. Longman, 1999 (Classic).
 
The following texts are all classics in the field:
Walden. Henry David Thoreau. 1854
Prairyerth. William Least Heat-Moon. 1991
A Friend of the Earth.  T.C. Boyle 2000
Walking. Henry David Thoreau. 1863
The Mountains of California. John Muir. 1894
The Land of Little Rain. Mary Austin. 1903
Silent Spring. Rachel Carson. 1962
Sand County Almanac. Aldo Leopold. 1949
Desert Solitaire. Edward Abbey. 1968
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Annie Dillard 1974
Turtle Island. Gary Snyder. 1974
Arctic Dreams. Barry Lopez. 1986
New and Selected Poems. Mary Oliver. 1992
Refuge. Terry Tempest Williams. 1992
The Control of Nature. John McPhee. 1989
Ceremony. Leslie Marmon Silko. 1977
My Antonia. Willa Cather. 1918
That Distant Land.  Wendell Berry.  2002

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