Sep 19, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 2095 - Ethics and Environments: The Literature of Place

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This college literature course intended for all students will analyze writing about the relationships between humans and their environments. The literature will include historical, philosophical, scientific, and literary perspectives in both fiction and non-fiction writing. Authors will be chosen from a variety of traditions and cultures.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Recommendation: ENGL 1020   with a grade of C or higher OR ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content

  1. Ethics and Environments: The Literature of Place
  2. Transcendental/Romantic literature
  3. Ecological/Scientific literature
  4. Philosophical literature
  5. Political literature
  6. Socio-cultural literature
  7. Historical literature

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in environmental literature
  2. Analyze basic literary elements in works studied
  3. Analyze those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context
  4. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the literature of place
  5. Articulate and defend personal responses to various ethical and environmental issues
  6. Describe and analyze the social, legal, political, economic, and religious institutions and attitudes that affect human ethical considerations of the environment
  7. Discern and analyze patterns and interrelationships between bio-physical and socio-cultural systems as reflected in the readings
  8. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues by considering human and environmental interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions as seen in the readings
  9. Explain and analyze various solutions to environmental problems as seen in the literature and in current issues
  10. Respond critically to fiction and non-fiction in the literature of place

Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 01. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.

06. 02. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.

06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.

06. 05. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
Competency 2 (7-10)
10. 02. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.

10. 03. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.

10. 04. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.

10. 05. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.

10. 06. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.


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