In this course we shall examine sustainability through the lens of a major world faith that has had particular historical influence on Western culture. In the process, we’ll learn about the symbolic and immaterial side to environmental issues, and how to shape cultural symbols in writing and media to affect environmental debate.
–Develop definitions of sustainability and nature that include cultural tradition.
–Gain an understanding of the role of cultural tradition in environmental issues, as recalled by the acronym MNEMS (short for mnemonics or remembering): Metaphor Narrative Emotion Memes Story
–See the difference and overlap between “nature” as a cultural system and “environment” as a material system, and understand distinctive historic uses of the terms “creation,” “cosmos,” “earth,” and “world.”
–Learn and practice the relation between rhetoric and physical reality, while developing skills at writing and blogging critically.
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