ENGL3200 Writing the Environment

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The natural world faces significant challenges in the modern era. In this unit students look at the way that the environment is represented in textual forms, both on the page and on screen. The unit is particularly interested in contemporary scholarly debates in eco-criticism, animal studies and the post-human and how they attempt to address ecological crises of different kinds, but also the way that they see these crises as throwing into question the qualities of the human being.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the issues that arise when natural environments are brought into human representation; (2) articulate the key features that determine an environmental text; (3) participate in debates that surround the questions of human agency posed by environmental problems; (4) write essays and responses which analyse environmental texts; and (5) locate the analysis of environmental texts within the field of English and Cultural Studies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) critical exercise; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
level 2 ENGL unit
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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