Course Offerings, Fall 2019

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English 1102 (2 Sections, Douglas College, David Lam campus)
Readings in Literature and Culture: Rejecting the System

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!! But tentatively…..

In this section of English 1102 we’ll consider various cultural expressions of the rejection of systems, whether the system is heterosexuality, patriarchy, neoliberalism, capitalism, the carbon economy, organized religion, white settler colonialism, or even radical ideologies such as anarchism or green/ecopolitics which have offered hopes for social justice but may have hardened through time. We’ll explore ways of resisting or rejecting or redesigning such systems. We’ll consider Jon Krakauer’s account of the 24 year old Chris McCandless who rejected the conventional trappings of North American life to go “into the wild;” Ursula K. LeGuin’s dystopian speculative fiction novel of anarcho-syndicalism, The Dispossessed; Adrienne Rich’s radical feminist poetry collection The Dream of a Common Language; and the indie film Captain Fantastic (2016, Dir. Matt Ross) which explores the fate of a family that opts to go off-grid, hone up on survival skills, and celebrate Noam Chomsky day. In addition, we’ll read excerpts from texts such as: the Dark Mountain, Desert, Leap, and Idle No More manifestos, the Green New Deal resolution, an article on the Tiny House Warriors opposing the Transmountain pipeline, and poetry by local poets Lee Maracle, Rita Wong, and Stephen Collis.

  • Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor, 1997. ISBN: 9780385486804 ($18.)
  • Adrienne Rich. The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977. [1977]. Norton, 2013. ISBN: 9780393346008 ($14.)
  • Ursula K. LeGuin. The Dispossessed. [1974]. Harper Voyager, 1994. ISBN: 0061054887 ($10.)
  • Captain Fantastic. Dir. Matt Ross. Universal, 2016. 118 mins. (Free).
  • small course pack of readings available from the Douglas College bookstore (really cheap)



English 1130 (2 Sections, Douglas College, David Lam campus)
Academic Writing: Climate Change and Climate Justice

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!! But tentatively…..

One of the best ways to learn to write academic prose is to read it. To this end, the academic readings for this section of 1130 will explore the theme of climate change and climate justice. We’ll read popular and academic articles that focus on the impact of climate change on the Iñupiat and Inuit in the north, and tar sands and pipelines in relation to indigenous communities in BC and Alberta. We’ll also consider the objectives of the Green New Deal, in both the US and Canada.

Along the way we will study the elements of academic writing that make it a distinct genre: appropriate use of citation and summary; placement of sources in conversation with each other; the significant features of introductions and conclusions to academic papers; patterns of development (ways of structuring the argument); thesis statements; abstractions; APA citation style. We will also learn how to effectively search for and evaluate popular and academic (peer-reviewed) sources. By the end of the term you will produce a six-page research paper in appropriate academic style.

  • Maureen Okun and Nora Ruddock. The Broadview Guide to Citation and Documentation. 2nd Broadview Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-55481-334-6 (approx. $17.)
  • Mark Maslin. Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction. 3rd Oxford UP, 2014. ISBN: 0198719043 (cost approx.$6)
  • Trainor, K. Course Pack of Selected Readings. (Available in the Douglas College Bookstore; maybe about $10.)
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