LSO250 - Cultural Trash: Waste Excess and Repression

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Subject Title
Cultural Trash: Waste Excess and Repression

Subject Description
This course focuses on Western culture's propensity for trash: producing waste upon the Earth, but also treating people and resources as waste; therefore, in looking at the production and nature of waste in North America, we will use literature as a tool to reconsider ecological systems. In addition to our primary focus on literary representations of environmental mistreatment, we will also look at archaeological studies of landfills to greater understand how our waste defines us. Finally, we will explore how recent theories re-envision the human race by paying attention to indigenous and ecological connections that enable sustainability.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies credit for degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define and explain critical concepts related to “cultural trash”
  2. Identify, categorize, and explicate the essential characteristics of ecological literature and eco-studies
  3. Assess American literature in light of broader cultural attitudes toward waste and waste management
  4. Situate the concepts of “cultural trash” within a broader context of British, Canadian, and American literatures that span two centuries
  5. Synthesize interdisciplinary approaches to “cultural trash” in broader socio-cultural contexts
  6. Connect literary content with widespread environmental practices.
  7. Apply stylistic and research conventions that enhance organizational and communication skills, particularly in written and/or oral assignments.

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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