Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

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Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

What do we mean when we use the term “sustainability”? What kinds of concepts and patterns of thought are we invoking and where do they come from? What, exactly, are we aiming to sustain? In this course, we will analyze the roots of sustainability in American literature, history, and popular culture. Identifying the grounding assumptions of this concept, we will explore the treatment of issues such as food scarcity, subsistence agriculture, environmentalism, and population control in images, short stories, films, essays, and speeches. We will become authorities in how discourses of sustainability work, locating their hidden meanings and agendas, and analyzing their representation of themes such as race, labor, reproduction, democracy, and social justice. Using our knowledge of American sustainability, we will design and propose our own sustainability initiatives, all the while challenging and rethinking what it means to be “sustainable” in “America.”

D1. 143.001

TR 10:50 – 12:05