Course Offerings, September 2020

k in bubbleIn September 2020 I will be teaching 2 sections of English 1130: Academic Writing, with the theme of climate justice, and 2 sections of English 1102: Readings in Literature and Culture, on the theme of “The Wild.”  All four sections will be at the Douglas College David Lam campus in Coquitlam, traditional unceded territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation. Please email me ( if you would like to see the syllabus for either course!   

English 1102: Readings in Literature + Culture

Photo Credit: Dionisio, Galiano Island, K. Trainor

2 sections, September 2020
Douglas College, David Lam Campus


The names we use for rocks and other beings depends on our perspective, whether we are speaking from the inside or the outside of the circle. The name on our lips reveals the knowledge we have of each other, hence the sweet secret names we have for the ones we love. The names we give ourselves are a powerful form of self-determination, of declaring ourselves sovereign territory. Outside the circle, scientific names for mosses may suffice, but within the circle, what do they call themselves? — Kimmerer, Gathering Moss, p.3
How can we take the positive values we associate with wilderness and bring them closer to home?  –William Cronon, “The trouble with Wilderness”  p.23

Reading list (pretty sure):

  • Robin Wall Kimmerer. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Oregon State UP, 2003. ISBN: 0870714996 ($20.)
  • Gary Snyder. Turtle Island. New Directions, 1974. ISBN: 0811205460 ($20.)
  • Into the Forest. Jean Hegland. Dial, 1998. ISBN: 0553379615. ($17)
  • Into the Forest. Dir. Patricia Rozema. Rhombus, 2015. 101 mins. (Free).
  • small course pack of readings available online (free!)


English 1130: Academic Writing
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Transmountain pipeline expansion protest, June 2019 in Victoria, BC

2 sections, September 2020
Douglas College, David Lam Campus

One of the best ways to learn to write academic prose is to read it. To this end, the academic readings for this section of 1130 will explore the theme of climate change and climate justice. We’ll read popular and academic articles that focus on the impact of climate change on the Iñupiat and Inuit in the north, and tar sands and pipelines in relation to indigenous communities in BC and Alberta.

Along the way we will study the elements of academic writing that make it a distinct genre: appropriate use of citation and summary; placement of sources in conversation with each other; the significant features of introductions and conclusions to academic papers; patterns of development (ways of structuring the argument); thesis statements; abstractions; APA citation style. We will also learn how to effectively search for and evaluate popular and academic (peer-reviewed) sources. By the end of the term you will produce a six-page research paper in appropriate academic style.

  • Maureen Okun and Nora Ruddock. The Broadview Guide to Citation and Documentation. 2nd Broadview Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-55481-334-6 (approx. $17.)
  • Mark Maslin. Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction. 3rd Oxford UP, 2014. ISBN: 0198719043 (cost approx.$6)
  • Trainor, K. Course Pack of Selected Readings. (Available in the Douglas College Bookstore; maybe about $10.)
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