Community Service Writing

4:00p-5:15p TR (25) 3 cr


This course is geared toward the active learner who wishes to gain knowledge and experience of environmental issues and perspectives on the American langscape through reading key works on the environment and doing community service. The course readings will investigate how our views of the environment are construction by inherited cultural perceptions and how the land has molded us and how we have shaped the land. Reading the fiction, prose, and poetry will enable students to see how an awareness of the community and attitudes about the American landscape are formed. Critical readings will frame questions about the idea of "nature" and perspectives on the American landscape. The writing component will involve analysis of texts and keeping a journal. Students will keep a journal for social reflection and problem appraisal. These writings will provide the basis for a research paper. The course requires students to volunteer at designated service agencies to perform meaningful work in the local community.

Tentative reading list:
A course pack reader (including selections from The Journals of Lewis and Clark, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, R. Nash's Wilderness and the American Mind, and so forth.)
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Selected poems from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden