The Environment in Literature, Law, and Science


This class explores changing concepts of 'environment' and 'nature' in lit, law & policy, & science. Using the Duke Campus Farm, the campus, & surrounding areas, we trace those changes across historical periods and cultures, culminating in a consideration of the dismantling of Black Durham (red lining, 147) & the emergence of the Environmental Justice Movement (in Warren County, NC). We explore how those concepts are constructed through science, law & policy, & cultural forms, how those concepts shape our lived experience, & how an understanding of that process might lead to more productive debates in science, law & policy, & ethics, and to constructive social and environmental change.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • DOCST 370S
  • ENVIRON 385S
  • SCISOC 360S
Typically Offered
Fall Only