The ENGL/ESE courses offered in Fall 2017 may be good for students who want to learn how to think and write more effectively about the environment. Questions about these courses can be directed to Prof. Gillen Wood at email@example.com.
Advanced Environmental Writing
Prof. Gillen Wood
Sustainability communication is a vital and growing career field, and in 477, students learn how to write with impact about environmental issues. We study the work of the most prominent environmental journalists today—including David Quammen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Michael Pollan—and develop skills in all formats, from news brief, to op-ed, to magazine feature article. With an emphasis on connecting our personal lives and campus life to global environmental problems, 477 helps students build the research and communication skills they will need as career advocates for sustainability.
This is a new class, with places available for Fall 2017. Enroll now!
Prof. Gillen Wood
The term “Anthropocene” translates as “The Age of Humans” and has been widely adopted in academia and the media to describe the increasing dominance of human civilizations over Earth’s natural systems since the Industrial Revolution, and most dramatically since 1950. This most recent period, when the corrosive human impact on our planet’s water, land, and climate systems, and its animal species, has multiplied exponentially, is only the latest, most dramatic chapter in a history of human planetary engineering that reaches back at least to the invention of agriculture 8000 years ago. This course introduces students to the essential political, cultural and technological history of ever-expanding human footprint of the Anthropocene, and to its urgent ramifications for us today. We, as citizens of the Anthropocene Age, face decisions on issues ranging from energy to agriculture to urban design that will directly impact the quality—even viability—of life for future human generations.