The Rhetoric of Climate Change

Course Number: ENGL 122CC
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2020
Instructor: Hiltner, Ken
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: HSSB 4201
Description:

In this course, we will be critically reading a variety of contemporary texts that deal with the issue of climate change. In the process, we will be honing our skills as critical, active readers. One of the keys to effective reading, regardless of whether the text at hand is a Victorian novel or content on a website, is that the process be active. When reading for pleasure, it is perfectly fine to enter into an imaginative world and just enjoy your time there. However, in reading critically - which is, or at least should be, an essential skill taught in university literature departments - it is necessary to carefully consider what an author and text are doing. Authors have enormous power, as they can, one word at a time, influence each step of a reader's experience of a text. In this sense, an author is like a guide walking you through what may be unknown territory. They not only decide what you see (and don't) and when you see it, they are also in a position to influence how you see it though their careful representations. The more skillful the author, the more power they have over the representation and hence also over the reader. (Note that for our purposes a "text" can be a written work, a photograph or painting, a film or video, a musical composition, or a range of additional creations and that any of these can be "read" in our sense of being actively studied.)