Environmental Studies: Environmental Humanities

ENVIR ST 113
Monday/Wednesday, 11–11:50 a.m. + discussion section
3 credits

Instructor

Anna Gade
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
amgade@wisc.edu

Course Description

What is “The Environment?” How are some “environments” rendered as “problems” in environmental studies? How do we understand the roots of global “environmentalisms” in terms of difference: among persons, between groups, and with respect to nonhumans?

Starting with the idea that what is “environmental” are relations of the human and nonhuman, this course offers a global perspective on environmental humanities, introducing fields like philosophy, ethics and religion, literature, fine arts, history, and anthropology. Framing foundational Anglo-American perspectives like those “nature” and the “post-human,” students master key skills such as comparison to answer fundamental questions about diverse environmental experience and expression worldwide.

Fulfills Environmental Studies

Environmental Humanities Foundation

UW Designations

Elementary

Humanities