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Resource Type

Learning Outcome(s)

Apocalypse, Risk, and Disaster
This syllabus outlines a special topics course taught under the umbrella of "Environmental Literature and Culture." The course schedule shows a more detailed reading list.
Climate Change Case Studies Around the World
The aim of this course is to teach students to prepare case studies based on environmental issues and climate change from sociological perspectives.
Climate Changed Futures
This creative and critical assignment asks students to engage in imaginative speculation about climate-changed futures and create their own works of cli-fi (climate fiction). The process requires students to draw on their knowledge of climate science (and current research in the field) as well as on their understanding of literature and climate fiction.
Curious, Compassionate Conversation
Environmental and social problems are exacerbated by recent culture wars in the U.S. As social psychologists show, values about climate change, for example, have more to do with identification with our "tribes" than with logic or reason. And the affective mode of public discourse is outrage. In service of repairing democracy and finding common ground around environmental issues, this assignment asks students to be more "in relation" than "right" by practicing compassionate conversation.
Developing Topics in an Environmental Humanities Writing Course
This invention handout is intended for a first-year writing class, with example titles included to help students think about a range of possibilities for written, oral, and digital work.
Energies Course Syllabus
Energies is a 4th-year university English course. As I teach in Calgary, Canada's oil and gas headquarters, the syllabus has more oil and gas content than it might if delivered in other locales. The course includes both critical-theoretical readings and literary texts.
Guía general: comprensión auditiva
This is a Spanish-language guide for comprehension of auditory or multi-media texts, particularly short texts like those often circulated in social networks. The guide directs students to pay attention to information related to production & distribution; specific language used; and the ideological posture of the auditory or multi-media text.
Guía general: control de lectura y análisis preliminar
This Spanish-language guide is for readings of primary texts in a Latin American environmental humanities course taught in Spanish. It prompts students to identify the main ideas of the text and then to direct their attention to details related to environmental and spatial justice.
Herbal Cures in America: Digital Humanities
This course is a survey of herbal medicine in the United States, the Americas, and Canada with an emphasis on the uses of data science and archival methods in the humanities. Students are required to contribute to a database on the history of herbal medicine in America.
History of Herbal Medicine
The course is a survey of the history of herbal medicine around the globe.
Latin American Environmental Humanities: Supply Chain Research & Presentation Guide
This is an English-language guide for student collaborative research on historically important supply chains for products (guano, bananas, wool, etc.) sourced in Latin America. It directs students to consider geography, labor, transport, governance (at source and destination), financing, and policies. Emphasizes research and synthesis for oral presentation.
Literature and the Environment
Syllabus for an entry level course in Literature and the Environment with an oral communication component.
Making a Start: Objects and Artifacts
This first-day-of-class exercise asks students to bring an object (found) or artifact (made) to introduce themselves and to describe their relationship to the more-than-human world.
National Park Resource Review
This assignment, which includes a field trip component, asks first-year composition students to both describe and evaluate how national parks interpret their diverse cultural, natural, wilderness, and historic resources.
Sustainability Visualization Exercise
This in class exercise develops students' personal investment in questions of sustainability and the value of narrative for imagining and building worlds. Can be used in a literature, composition, or other classroom with a major writing assignment.
Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: A Resource Wiki
This document provides information about and contents pertaining to a resource wiki that accompanies a book on teaching climate change literature and other ecocritical materials to adolescents. The wiki not only collects pre-collegiate pedagogy resources, but also itself serves as a useful instructional tool. See more at http://climatechangeela.pbworks.com.
Tiny Ecology
Tiny Ecology is an exercise of sustained attentiveness in place. Students choose a place near their home for intense and sustained ecological observation, and present their findings (as poems, essays, etc.) via weekly oral presentations and a culminating final presentation.