Interested in Climate Change and Environmental Issues?

Explore how the Earth's environment works and topics like climate change, resource consumption, sustainable land-use practices and the role of literature - including science fiction - to help shape cultural values around environmental issues in INTR 106: Environmental Geography and Literature. Check out this new 6-credit course, which gives you credits for an English and a Geography course in one, in January. You will come away with a greater understanding of how the Earth's physical processes work and an openness to re-imaginging how humans might live cooperatively with the land and other living beings upon it.  

INTR 106: Environmental Geography and Literature (6 credits)

This interdisciplinary course combines the study of environmental literature with an introduction to the Earth’s biophysical processes and systems and the impact of human population and land use activities. Topics include air pollution and climate change, resource consumption, limits to growth, sustainable land-use practices, and the function of literature to set cultural values around environmental issues as well as motivate activism. We will explore divergences and connections between scientific and non-scientific ways of understanding the earth and our place among other species upon it.

The course provides equivalency to GEOG 101 and ENGL 125. 

Textbooks will include a Geography text and a novel. Additional readings of poems, essays, and stories will be available on VIULearn. Authors we will read may include Ursula Le Guin, Wendell Berry, Jacq Carter and T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Evaluation will include a short literature analysis, a research project, quizzes, a short essay final exam and credit for participation. This course is delivered asynchronously.