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Last approved: Sat, 05 May 2018 08:00:19 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 04 May 2018 20:43:30 GMT

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Major
ENG (English)
308
032606
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
WGS
Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism
Issues in Ecofeminism
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Barbara Bennett
Associate Professor of English

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3030NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16ENGBA-16LLTEnglish BA-LiteratureElective
16ENGLBAEnglish BAElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLCRWEnglish BA-Creative FilmElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLFLMEnglish BA-FilmElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLLWREnglish BA-Language, Writing, and RhetoricElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLTEDEnglish BA-Teacher EducationElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLMEnglish BA-MinorElective
Contemporary issues in ecofeminism provides a historical introduction to and global perspectives on women's sociopolitical, ethical, and economic contributions to the 20th and 21st century environmental movement. Theory and political action as they interweave issues of gender, race, and class in western and non-western contexts will be emphasized. Students will read works by and about female scientists/activists/writers and examine their own communities, analyzing the ways that individuals, community values, and dominant institutions impact women's relationships with the environment. Students will formulate questions, responses, and interpretations through critical reading practices, class discussion groups, self-reflective writing, and comparative analyses. Special attention will be paid to the role of literature--memoir, novel, short story, essay--in the dissemination of ecofeminist ideas.

This course is not new; it is currently WGS 224. Given the opportunity to extend teaching resources beyond WGS this action proposes that the course be cross listed with English. Because ENG 224 already exists, WGS/ENG 308 is being selected as the new number. Because of the amount and quality of literature read in the class, this course can be seen as a literature elective and be listed as IP just as WGS 224 has been. The HUM GEP is also being added. Note: IP outcomes are the same as those originally approved for WGS 224. Measures are largely the same but updated to show the instructor's current practices. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Identify and interpret the historical and cultural roots of ecofeminism by relying on literary, historical, and philosophical sources.
 
 
Final Exam Questions
Sample measure: Compare and explain the differences or similarities in the history and practice of ecofeminism across cultures.
 
 
Identify, analyze, and evaluate ecofeminist ideas of seminal literary texts.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample prompt: Consider one of the four literary texts we read and discuss how the book is a manifesto of ecofeminism.
 
 
Describe and explain a specific ecofeminist issue in the world using appropriate literary, historical, and philosophical sources.
 
 
Sample measure: Students will write a 5-8 paper based on their research on a topic in ecofeminism that interests them and present an argument supported by appropriate resources.
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Identify and explain differences in ecofeminism from both a literary and a gender studies perspective.
 
 
Oral Presentation
Sample measure: Students present an analysis of a novel from both a literary and a gender studies perspective, including similarities and differences between the two perspectives.
 
 
Identify the commonalities in ecofeminism from both a literary and a gender studies perspective.
 
 
Oral Presentation
Sample measure: Students present an analysis of novel from both a literary and a gender studies perspective, including similarities and differences between the two perspectives.
 
 
Generate a solution to a difficult problem in ecofeminism by utilizing approaches from literary studies and gender studies.
 
 
Final Exam Question
Sample measure: Students will address an ecofeminist problem in one of the seminal literary texts and propose a solution using the strengths of the literary and gender studies approaches.
 
 
English and Women’s and Gender Studies
 
 
Using a combination readings, videos, and directed discussion, students are exposed to the problems of ecofeminism such as environmentalism, animal rights, women’s rights, and the rights of developing countries and the various ways and perspectives that illuminate them. Students read four seminal books, along with several articles and essays that put the tenets of ecofeminism into practice. The instructor provides lectures and directed discussions that support the integration of the English and Women’s Studies approaches to ecofeminism.
Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
N/A
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Diamond, Irene and Gloria Feman Orenstein, eds. Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism. ($2.00)
Kingsolver, Barbara. Prodigal Summer. ($7.97)
Williams, Terry Tempest. Refuge. ($12.87)
Some reading will be found on the library e-reserves at https://reserves.lib.ncsu.edu, and some will be found on the internet, accessible by Moodle.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Ecofeminism defined. “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” short story. Union of Concerned Scientists Warning—scholarly article. Rachel Carson. Spretnak, “Ecofeminism: Our Roots and Flowering,” Reweaving 3-14. Merchant, “The Death of Nature.” Russell, “The Evolution of a Ecofeminist,” Reweaving, 223-230. “No Name Woman” short story. Abandoned children in China and elsewhere. Eisler, “The Gaia Tradition,” Reweaving, 23-34. Goddess Remembered. Starhawk, “Power, Authority and Mystery,” Reweaving 73-86. Discussion: The Burning Times. Refuge--memoir. Living Downstream. Toxins in our Local Environment. Adams, “Ecofeminism and the Eating of Animals” Walker, “Am I Blue?” Meet your Meat. Hamilton, “Women, Home and Community,” Reweaving, 215-222. Prodigal Summer--novel.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
N/A
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesKarey HarwoodI'm happy to write an email in support of ENG 306, but I have a question. Will it be a source of confusion for students if the course has a different number in WGS than it does in ENG? I'm looking at the proposal in CIM and it says it will be cross listed as WGS 224. It seems it might be preferable to have the numbers match, ENG/WGS 306. Would that require a separate course action, I imagine?

In the meantime, Women's and Gender Studies is in full support of the course ENG 306: Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism, to be cross-listed with WGS as one of its electives.

Karey Harwood on April 17, 2017
Given recent revisions to the ENG Literature concentration, shifting teaching responsibility away from WGS as well as a former course assigned to the instructor in ENG better matches the focus of the new major and the expertise of the professor.

1. Reflect on and describe the history of the modern environmental movement and the women who have played a part in bringing that movement forward.

2. Identify the connection between the environmental movement and the women's movement and address the reasons for that connection.

3. Recognize the major literature on the subject of ecofeminism--that is, scholarly articles, essays, short stories, novels, essays, and other forms of writing.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate their knowledge by giving an individual presentation on a female pioneer in the environmental movement and write a paper on a topic related to that biographical information.


Students will participate in a group presentation about a particular ecofeminism issue and write a longer paper on that issue.


Students will produce their own arguments through a personal commitment project to put ecofeminist ideas into practice and write a short paper detailing that project.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Oral Presentation15%Biographical Presentation (in small group)
Major Paper15%Ecofeminist Biography Paper (3 -4 pages, due one week after presentation)
presentation20%Group Presentation over major issue
Major Paper20%Presentation paper (5-8 pages, due one week after presentation)
Short Paper10%Personal Commitment Paper (2-3 pages)
Final Exam20%Comprehensive Exam
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See Syllabus

despain (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:11:08 GMT): Rollback: Rework GEP
aeherget (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:10:03 GMT): AECHH: Course approved unanimously at April 11, 2018 UCCC meeting.
aeherget (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:12:18 GMT): AECHH: Course approved with friendly suggestions from April 20, 2018, CUE meeting.
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