Writing is central to this course.
Students write 7 essays responding to course materials and readings. Essays explore themes covered in course readings and vary in length from 1-4 pages. Separate instructions are provided on length and theme for each essay. Total essay writing for the course ranges from 13 to 18 pages. The instructor provides detailed feedback on structure, language, syntax, and overall writing quality.
Shorter essay questions offer students the chance to develop critical thinking on course readings and material. In these shorter writing exercises, students can write creatively and less formally, as in journal writing, and draw upon their own experiences, backgrounds, and ideas. The instructor will not critique these responses as to the quality of writing, but rather to the quality of critical thought the student displays.
Readings go hand in hand with writing assignments.
Over 200 pages of readings are available to students by writers at the forefront of Environmental Studies including: Rachel Carson, Henry David Thoreau, Robin Moss Kimmerer, David Abram, Theodore Roszac, Linda Hogan, Sigurd Olson, John Muir, and Terry Tempest Williams.
Texts for all readings are provided within the course with a click of the mouse.