Course Offerings, September 2021

k in bubbleIn September 2021 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 face to face at the Lam campus, although at times we may meet through Zoom. Of course, all of this is contingent on current BC health orders! I’m based at the Douglas College David Lam campus in Coquitlam, traditional unceded territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation. Please email me (trainork@douglascollege.ca) if you would like to see the syllabus for either course!   

English 1102: Readings in Literature + Culture

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Photo Credit: Dionisio, Galiano Island, K. Trainor

2 sections, September 2021
Douglas College, David Lam Campus

WILD

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
We find ourselves in the middle of the 6th mass extinction, with shrinking biomass, retreating glaciers, a zoonotic coronavirus circling the globe, every aspect of our lives mediated by technology, the ‘end of nature.’ What might the concept of “wild” mean to us in our daily lives, and where might it be found? We will consider indigenous and scientific ways of seeing and knowing, deep ecology, how to listen to the small voices of moss. We will do some independent field research at a wild microsite, and you will have the option to write an ecopoem with accompanying analysis for your term paper.
PLEASE NOTE!!: This course will be primarily FACE TO FACE in September 2021, assuming the BC health orders allow us to be. We will also use Zoom and Blackboard now and then.

Reading list:

  • 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 2021
Douglas College, David Lam Campus

CLIMATE CHANGE + CLIMATE JUSTICE

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 social climate action movements, with a particular focus on Indigenous-organized actions in BC and Alberta. All of the textbooks are available online and are free.

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.

PLEASE NOTE!!: This course will be primarily FACE TO FACE in September 2021, assuming the BC health orders allow us to be. We will also use Zoom and Blackboard now and then.

Reading list:

  • Maureen Okun and Nora Ruddock. The Broadview Guide to Citation and Documentation. 2nd Broadview Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-55481-334-6 (approx. $17; optional).
  • Ramanathan, V., Aines, R., Auffhammer, M., Barth, M., Cole, J., Forman, F., et al. (2019). Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions. Location: Regents of the University of California. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6kr8p5rq. FREE. We will be reading chapters 1 through 5.
  • small course pack of readings available online (FREE!)
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