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ENG 125: Ecology and Indigenous Religious Traditions

Units: 4

Study various Indigenous cultures, and examines how knowledge of the natural world developed through careful observation in a given place over multiple generations. Examine why this knowledge has been rejected by Western cultures, and how with the imminent devastation of climate disaster, scientists are now beginning to recognize that Indigenous Peoples’ data collection of their respective ecosystems has produced valuable knowledge. Understand Indigenous approaches to environmental justice and ecology, recognizing that the Western split from Nature that occurred with the Scientific Revolution erroneously identified humans as superior and separate from non-human life. Read texts from a variety of Indigenous traditions from authors who attempt to heal this split by sharing traditions that emphasize unity of the self, the community, the natural world, and the sacred. Uncover images of Indigenous people not as passive people attempting to live in harmony with nature, but rather as agents of environmental change and stewardship, seeking to maintain the traditional ecological knowledge that may well be vital to surviving our increasing environmental crises.

Course Details
Repeats Allowed for Credit: 0

Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

GE Requirements
  • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
  • Badge: Diversity and Identity
  • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
  • Badge: Sustainability
  • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline

Requisites and Restrictions
Prerequisite Courses: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
Open only to the following class level(s):
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Instructor Permission Required: No

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