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In the 19th and 20th centuries—an era that set in motion the climactic changes now termed the Anthropocene—art played a pivotal role in shaping national, social, and cultural identities. American landscape, for example, was crucial to the project of colonial nation-building. But beyond traditional paintings, concepts of nature and culture were intimately bound together in scientific illustrations, photographs, and in material objects. Across disciplines, image-makers helped beholders visualize contested relationships with fellow inhabitants of the ecosystems in which they lived. In this course, students will explore this period through the lens of eco-critical scholarship, bringing ethical and political concerns for the environment, nonhuman animals and social justice to the study of art and visualization. Looking at products made between the dawn of the Industrial revolution and the present day, we will investigate the transnational origins of the Anthropocene, and we will see how artists motivated by ecocritical thinking have expressed their desire to foster resilient and biologically diverse local and global ecological relations. 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences