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Cornell University    
  Dec 16, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AIIS 1121 - FWS: Environmentalism: Imperative, indifferent, or imperialist?

Fall (offered alternate years). 3 credits. Letter grades only.

First-Year Writing Seminar.

S. Bosco, J. Mt.Pleasant.

What counts as part of the environment? What’s worth protecting and what’s not? What is natural? Who gets to answer these questions and whose answers matter? How one answers these questions has deep implications for the thoughts and actions that take place in politics, economics, development, public-health, activism, and indigenous-state relations. This course will critically examine environmentalist discourse through the varied voices of anthropologists, ecologists, philosophers, activists, and indigenous peoples. Of particular focus, we will wrestle with how to understand the relationship between nature (or, “the environment”) and culture (or, “society”), and what political consequences result from such conceptualizations

Outcome 1: Improve writing skills: structure coherent essays with clear, main ideas.

Outcome 2: Identify and write for a specific audience.

Outcome 3: Define a personal position on a reading or issue.

Outcome 4: Develop convincing arguments.

Outcome 5: Identify and respond to counter-arguments.

Outcome 6: Make claims based on evidence.

Outcome 7: Compile evidence and analyze its implications.

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