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…..

The anarchist scholar Noam Chomsky once observed, “This world is full of suffering, distress, violence and catastrophes. Students must decide: does something concern you or not? I say: look around, analyze the problems, ask yourself what you can do and set out on the work!” We’ll consider various cultural texts which do this work of confronting entrenched systems such as capitalism, the carbon economy, settler colonialism, and patriarchy, while considering ways of resisting or redesigning such systems. Texts we’ll study include 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;” Rita Wong’s forage (2007) (“impassioned rants against the abuses of power”), and the indie film Captain Fantastic (2016, Dir. Matt Ross). 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.

  • Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor, 1997. ISBN: 9780385486804 ($18.)
  • Wong, Wita, forage. 2007. ISBN: 9780889712133
  • 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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