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WGST 179/ENVS 179: Ecofeminism Summer 2014 Annika Ljung-Baruth May 19-June 13 331 Old Mill, University of Vermont Office hours: by appointment Annika.Ljung-Baruth@uvm.edu 802-6561256
Contact information:
 
 
Please use UVM email only. On weekdays, I will respond within 24 hrs (usually much sooner).
 
 
Phone: If you’d like to speak on
the phone with me you should email me so that we can set up a time.
 
 
Postal address: Department of English, Old Mill 331, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 05405.
 Course Description
Like all environmental movements, ecofeminism is concerned with relationships  between humans and the natural world. Exploring the connection between environmentalism and feminism, the field of ecofeminist studies specifically addresses the traditional interpretation of "nature" as female (or feminine), the connection  between the oppression of women and the exploitation of nature, and ways in which environmental issues often affect women in particular. In this course we will read from a broad range of ecofeminist texts. Our goals will include learning about ecofeminist approaches to literature, studying various feminist theoretical responses to environmental issues as well as developing our own personal views of women, nature, sustainability, and patterns of environmental domination. Our reading list will include
 
authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, Rachel Carson, Val Plumwood, Vandana Shiva, and Carolyn Merchant. Learning objectives for the course :
 
To learn about historical and epistemological connections between the subjugation of women and the exploitation of nature in the West and globally.
 
To learn how to situate ourselves in relation to ecofeminist studies.
 
To gain knowledge about ecofeminist grassroots movements.
 
To gain knowledge about systemic global exploitation of women, the poor, and the natural world.
 
To learn about ecofeminist approaches to literature.
Required Texts:
 
Books
Carson, Rachel.
Silent Spring
 Kingsolver, Barbara.
Small Wonder: Essays
 Plumwood, Val.
Feminism and the Mastery of Nature
 Merchant, Carolyn.
Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World
 Walker, Alice.
The Color Purple
 Walker, Alice
. Horses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful
Maathai, Wangari.
Unbowed
 
Articles
 Online articles will be linked within "Tasks & Assignments" on Blackboard
Films:
 
 
"Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" (Available at UVM Library and on Amazon) "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" (Available at UVM library and on Amazon, as well as online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNIQLE869VA)
How the course works
1.
 
All assignments will be described in detail online in "Tasks & Assignments." 2.
 
Course group projects are conducted online on the wiki. 3.
 
Deadlines for essay and responses are available online in "Tasks and Assignments" and in the schedule summary.
Work expectations
1.
 
You will be expected to complete all the reading and writing assignments in a timely fashion. Participation and timeliness are essential to your final grade.
2.
 
You will be expected to be attentive and thoughtful readers and thinkers. Final grades will reflect your level of interaction with peers as well as your written performance.
 
Grading Policy
The following aspects are each worth a third of your grade: 1. Participation and timeliness. 2. Reflections and Responses. 3. Formal Writing Assignments
Course Requirements:

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