English Composition

MET EN 104

Required for all undergraduate degrees. Reinforces basic skills in communication necessary for college work. Instruction and practice in fundamentals of critical writing, reading, and thinking. Lectures combined with seminars on vital current social, political, psychological, and philosophical issues. Students choose their seminars. Frequent papers; individual conferences.

MET EN104 Section Descriptions for Fall 2017:

Section A1 -- Challener - "Contemporary Disasters: Nature, Culture, Crisis"
In this course we will investigate the contemporary meaning of disaster from a variety of perspectives. We will focus on two contemporary disasters: 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on scholarship in sociology, anthropology, ecology, literary and cultural studies, and the relatively more recent field of disaster studies, we will ask whether there is such a thing as a natural disaster, whether disasters expose any differences between "nature" and "culture," and in today's geo-political, urbanized, globalized world, if there's anything especially American about how citizens of the United States think and talk about disaster. We'll also consider how more recent research on crisis intersects with and complicates our understanding of disaster. Possible readings include excerpts from Bill McKibben's The End of Nature; Rebecca Solnit's Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor; Catastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster, edited by Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susana Hoffmann; and Cheena Marie Lo's A Series of Un/Natural/ Disasters.

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Challener KCB 201 M 6:00 pm-8:45 pm

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