Culture, Sustainability, and Change
This course explores cultural and communicative ways that humanity informs, shapes, and shifts relations with "the environment." Following extant scholarship, the course situates human-nature relations as both actively socially constructed and as deeply and materially experienced. As learners, through readings, discussion, field study, and research, we explore how: 1) Cultural and communication processes and contexts inform, construct, and produce perceptions of and actions toward nature; 2) Cultural and communication research can be used to deconstruct and critically investigate dominant and alternative understandings of nature. The learning focus in this course is on student-driven creative and critical exploration and discussion, as well as out-of-the-classroom group field experiences.