Art and the Politics of the Environment
In this course students will develop an understanding of the current cultural, critical and theoretical questions relevant to how the arts and humanities are responding to environmental issues such as climate change and species extinction. Students will examine the ways artists have interpreted these issues: historically, and in the contemporary context.Students will also consider the way nature is represented in popular culture. They will gain an understanding of such topics along with the current critical debates surrounding them, such as eco-philosophy and ecocritical theory. Students will also gain insight into why questions of our approaches to the non-human world have become critical to contemporary thought.
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