In this course, students will explore the identification of women with nature and reflect on the social and scientific impacts of this relationship. Students and teachers will discuss the gendered and binary lenses that shape scientific practice and discourse, and seek to reveal the connections between the quest for scientific knowledge and gender oppression/patriarchal societies. In order to understand these complex relationships, students will study the intersectionality of race, ecology, and feminism.
Starting in Los Angeles, students will reflect on their own relationship with nature in an urban landscape by working with local state environmental agencies and visiting public parks, the LA river and the Angeles National Park. We will then travel to Colorado for a cross-country skiing trip that transports our study of science, nature, and gender to the natural world. Students will work with scientists from the nearby academic communities (at CU, NCAR, NOAA) to learn about how gender continues to impact the scientific specialties, as well as the kinds of questions and research funded by the scientific community.
In addition to the physical demands of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, students will read primary sources and engage in philosophical conversations around sustainability, patriarchy, femininity, and the purpose of nature.
Since we will be staying in the Rocky Mountains, and cooking our own meals, everyone will share in the communal responsibilities of the trip.
Dates of travel: December 8-13, 2017
Travel Fee: $900