On Our Theme:ENGC 1013 is a composition course with an emphasis on nature and the environment. In this course, we will read a variety of works of literature (essays, fiction, poetry, etc.) which touch on perceptions of and arguments about nature and the environment. We will begin by considering why, and in what ways, the natural world is a social concern. We will explore the relationship between nature and society, as well as the relationship between nature and the self. We will consider the kinds of relationships humans have with nature, and what impact rethinking our relationship to nature might have on our thoughts concerning society and the self. Though we will spend some time discussing issues such as conservation, sustainability, natural resources, global warming, and other current environmental topics, this course focuses primarily on the philosophical implications of the intersection of nature and culture, and on how we think of and through nature. One significant goal of this course is to “denaturalize” our thinking about nature; to that end, much of our reading takes us behind the contemporary debates over nature and the environment. Our approach does not argue against the discussion of important contemporary issues; rather, it argues for a particular frame for our discussion.
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