ESP 530: Language of Nature

Synonym:

56747 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Joy Ackerman

Credits:

3

Seats:

15

Semester:

Fall 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/4 - 12/18 (8:30AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Civic Ecology
Section A: Restricted to Summer 08 and Fall 08 entering ES students through August 15; open to all ES students on August 16.
Section B: Restricted to Conservation Biology students who entered Fall 07 and earlier through July 31; open to all ES students who entered Fall 07 and earlier on August 1.

What we know about the environment, how we know it, and who can speak with authority about it, are questions of language as well as science. This course will focus on the power of language in environmental communication. Critical reading of a variety of texts in the history of science, environmental thought, and nature writing will provide a basis for discussion and analysis. Weekly assignments will focus on the development of writing styles and skills.