2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Ecology of Language and Place

NEW! Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Richard McKinnon language, linguistics, human development, Rebecca Chamberlain language, literature, writing, poetics, cultural & environmental education

Major areas of study include language, literature, linguistics, cultural studies, native studies, and environmental education.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students Spring Quarter.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. First class Spring Quarter will meet in Sem 2 D1105.

During this two-quarter program, we will examine how language and place shape our experience of the world. How do traditional languages reflect an evolving relationship with the natural world, and in what ways does technology change the way modern cultures perceive and interact with their environment? From the local to the global, we'll explore how language shapes our awareness, acts as container for carrying and preserving culture, and affects the choices we make about living sustainably. We will look at how traditional cultures and languages are disappearing along with the complex eco-systems that sustained them. Can we rekindle a relationship to oral cultures that listen to the voices of the land, preserving ancient languages, sacred traditions, and stories? Or does the information age push us to rely more heavily on abstraction, leaving behind many of the skills that helped us live in harmony with our environment? Can the tools of the information age help us recover traditional wisdom? What are the challenges and opportunities that face us as we seek to develop an ecology of language and place for the 21st Century?

This course is for students who want to think deeply and write well. During the winter quarter, students will engage in a rigorous course of reading, writing, performance, creativity, and critical thinking, and will be introduced to Puget Sound Salish (Lushootseed) stories and language as we look at issues past and present. During the spring quarter, we will continue our work and begin natural history projects as we explore the challenges that we face locally and globally. As we investigate the role of endangered languages and places and the economic, educational, and technological factors that pressure them, we will explore culture, history, natural history, linguistics, mythology and storytelling, literature, and communications technology.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $25 for performances and supplies

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in language, literature, linguistics, cultural studies, native studies, and environmental education.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 3rd, 2008 Added information about special expenses
December 12th, 2008 Winter class location added.
January 14th, 2009 Spring class location added.
February 20th, 2009 Special Expenses revised.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.