WRITING, CULTURE AND ECOLOGY

ENG3WCE

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject asks how writing has shaped relationships between 'culture' and 'nature' from the beginning of the Anthropocene in the late 1700s to the present. You will explore key literary scenes that have dramatically reimagined 'nature', 'the environment', and the future of life: from the poetry of untameable nature produced alongside the mass urbanisation of the Industrial Revolution; to the mode of ecological polemic that coincides with the rise of environmentalism as a political movement in the 1960s and 70s; to Indigenous story-telling as a caring for country through the violence of settler colonization; to writing in our present moment, with an awareness of what to many seems a foreshortened future. Literature has not always been a benign force in the relationships between people and the more-than-human world; what role does it have in understanding and storying the present and future of that relationship?

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, online learning activities, reading and viewing, assessment.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level two subjects

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Learning resources

Silent Spring

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AuthorRachel Carson

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PublisherPenguin

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The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

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AuthorAnna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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PublisherPrinceton UP

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Essays, poetry and extracts

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AuthorProvided on LMS

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Things Fall Apart

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AuthorChinua Achebe

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PublisherPenguin

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Ghost River

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AuthorTony Birch

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PublisherU of Queensland P

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Blade Runner 2049

Resource TypeWeb resource

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AuthorDenis Villeneuve

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PublisherSony Pictures

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify key debates in the field of ecocriticism and cultural ecology.
02. Demonstrate understanding of the ways literary texts engage with their literary, biomaterial, political, and historical contexts.
03. Formulate arguments based on critical analysis of a range of texts in environmental literature
04. Reflect critically on the practical and ethical role of literature in communicating ideas about the relationship between societies and environments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

LMS Workshops: short-answer responses to online tasks (1200 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2

Textual analysis: 1200 words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Research project: 1800 words.

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4