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Ecofeminism (WOST 2212)

Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3.00

Description: This course introduces the philosophies and viewpoints of the global ecofeminism movement and considers various approaches to address the ecological challenges that women face. You will explore the connection between the economic development of the natural world and women's status and roles worldwide.

Topical Outline:

1. The relationship between women and their environments

2. The definitions of ecofeminism, various branches within ecofeminist thought, and how an ecofeminist ethic fits within various ethical systems

3. The grounding of ecofeminist practice in ecology, feminist theory, ethics, and sociological/cultural development

4. Issues such as biological and cultural diversity, community, industrial and animal agriculture, biotechnology, international development, war and violence, spirituality, history, power, economics, and politics as they relate to women, ecofeminism, and development

5. A consideration of how women interact with their biotic communities through observation and reflection, community development, and social action

6. The ways that these relationships are complicated by politics, history, gender, ideology, aesthetics and realityDemonstrate understanding of ecological and feminist terms and principles

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate understanding of ecological and feminist terms and principles
2. Analyze ways women interact with their natural environments
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of politics, history, gender, ideology and aesthetics on issues of development policy
4. Demonstrate awareness of the human relationship to nature through diverse individual, cultural, political and social experiences
5. Demonstrate ability to read, discuss, write, and critically think about issues affecting women, ecofeminism, and development


ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110.

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