Arts, Sciences, and Engineering College of Arts & Science
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
85583 CAS 260 CLIMATE FUTURES Spring 2017 4.0 Open
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
Total Cap     
Cross Listed: CAS 260 (P), ENG 240, FMS 206
Instructors: NADIR L
Restrictions: [K] Open only to freshmen and sophomores
Final Exam Schedule: RRLIB 209 on 0508 at 0830
Description: Glacier ruins, extreme weather, rising sea levels, an ice age, and no polar bears. As artists, writers, filmmakers, and journalists work to make the often imperceptible transformations wrought by climate change visible to the public, they deploy imagery, narratives, frames, and aesthetic strategies. This course examines visions of the future produced by climate change through studies of literature, film, art, and pop culture. Topics to be studied include philosophical approaches to the Anthropocene (a new geologic era proposed by scientists), strategies deployed by documentary and Hollywood film, and a new works of "climate fiction." A central concern of this course is the relationship between science and the humanities in the understanding the environment. What are the roles of memory and imagination in the struggle to deal with the warming of the earth? Can the humanities save the planet? If climate change is unstoppable, how do we imagine what comes next?