Class 12778 RELG 2210 - 001 (Lecture)
Religion, Ethics, & Global Environment
Instructor Willis Jenkins
Willis JenkinsTBAWeb-Based Course
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Enrollment: (Show Graph) 314 students (capacity 360)
Status: Open, Waitlist Available When Full
Units: 3
Meeting Dates: 02/01/2021 - 05/06/2021
Class Components: Lecture Required
Enrollment Requirements: None
Requirement Designation: SW
Grading: COVID Student Option
SIS Description: This course interprets humanity's changing ecological relationships through religious and philosophical traditions. It takes up ethical questions presented by environmental problems, introduces frameworks for making sense of them, and examines the symbols and narratives that shape imaginations of nature.
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Description For Spring 2021, this course is taught asynchronously, so there are not fixed meeting times for lecture or discussion section. Yet it is also taught interactively, so that you will have several ways of engaging with the instructor and with your TA within a predictable schedule. In effect, it is a quasi-synchronous structure modeled on a regular Tuesday/Thursday lecture course with discussion section - but with more flexibility in when you complete it. Here's how we will accomplish that:

1. Recorded lectures will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You may watch them and complete the embedded questions anytime before midnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In order to open the lectures, you must have alread completed the assigned reading for that day and posted a brief comment on it. (I will send more information on the digital platform we will use for this.)

2. During the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will be monitoring your questions, comments, or requests for clarification and will record a 10-minute response. You'll have 24 hours from the time I post it to watch and respond to the additional question within it.

3. You will be assigned a 10-person section with a TA, but there are no in-person weekly meetings. Your TA will organize online discussions and be available to meet with you individually - especially for consultation on writing essays. This not actually a change, as I've always organized the sections this way in order to prioritize a focus on writing in the formats of debate common to public environmental problems: internet discussion forums, blog posts, and formal essays.

4. Open office hours: there will be regular optional opportunities to meet, on zoom and perhaps in person. More details forthcoming.
Comments enrollment cap will be raised from 240 to 360 -- asynchronous --
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