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Going Green, German-Style: The Relationship to Nature, 1800-Today
GRST 228
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: GELT 228, ENVS 228

Few countries display as active a commitment to protect natural resources and the environment as Germany. Its focus on renewable energies, recycling, and conservation in general is unique even by European standards, and in the U.S., Germany's policies on sustainability and environmental preservation are often held up as models. It is important to recognize, however, that Germans did not achieve this degree of environmental awareness overnight. Rather, it represents the result of centuries of contemplating, controlling, and conserving nature and cannot simply be transferred to other cultures. In this course, we will examine the German (and European) cultural tradition by analyzing artworks and texts from the last two centuries that have both expressed and shaped salient attitudes and emotional responses. The goal of the course is to give you insight into Germany's long and complicated history of defining and relating to nature, and to allow you to reflect critically on your own attitudes toward nature and the environment.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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