Courses during the 2021-22 SU term
This course explores the ethical responsibilities of people who work to ameliorate environmental degradation as well as end oppression of human beings. Students explore the religious tenets of environmental justice movements internationally and in the United States. Course topics focus on Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, indigenous East African beliefs in Kenya, Catholic social teachings in the United States farmworkers’ movement, and black liberation theology in the United States movement against toxic waste dumping in politically marginalized communities. Finally, students gain understanding of the cultural symbols and negotiated relationships that are critical for successfully countering environmental degradation in complicated political contexts.General Education: WAC 2: Writing and Research in the Liberal ArtsGeneral Education: Humanities: Philosophical InquiryGeneral Education: CIV: Social Justice; CIV: Service Learning; CIV Environmental Justice
Each year this course focuses on a different topic within the study of the short story. Students explore historical development, cultural contexts, major authors, and principal forms. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.General Education: Humanities: Literary Analysis