IMPORTANT: Students are only able to enroll in one online course per semester at the Umbra Institute. A University of Mississippi transcript will be provided as part of the cost and more information can be found clicking here. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that credit will be offered at their home university for this course.
This online course offered by the University of Mississippi in cooperation with the Umbra Institute and is designed to provide a historical introduction to women’s relationship to the environment and their political and economic contributions to the environmental movement. Note: This course carries a supplemental program fee.
Theory and political action, particularly as they relate to the issues of race and class, will be emphasized. You will read the works of women writers in this field and examine your own communities to analyze the ways in which the individual, community values, and institutions impact women’s relationships with the environment. You will also learn to formulate responses and interpretations using varied strategies (e.g., critical reading, online discussion, self-reflection, comparative analysis). There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Objectives (include but are not limited to):
- Understand more fully the connections between theoretical concepts and peoples lived experience in relation to the environment: “The ‘personal’ is ‘political’ is a statement closely associated with eco-feminism. Many of the readings for this course will illustrate a personal history and its relationship to a woman’s contribution to environmental awareness. Required learning activities also explore this connection.
- Recognize the intersection of gender and the environment: Gender — the social-cultural elaboration of sexual difference — shapes identities, defines behavioral expectations, and frames individual possibilities. Since gender constantly interacts with other cultural-social constructs such as race and class, one cannot accurately speak of men-in-general or women-in-general. Many of the readings and learning activities of the course deal with this intersection.
- Improve critical thinking skills: The readings and the written assignments for this course are designed to prompt you to think about women and their role in raising modern environmental awareness. “Critical” does not mean “to criticize,” but “to question” based on reason and evidence.
For detailed information and syllabus please visit:
Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives. Linda Taylor (2008), ISBN-978-1-4343-4308-6
Sisters of The Earth – Second Edition. Lorraine Anderson (2003), ISBN-1-4000-3321-7
Silent Spring. Rachel Carson (1962 There is also a special Anniversary Edition—the readings are the same in both), ISBN-0-618-24906-0
Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. Maude Barlow (2007), ISBN-978-1-59558-186-0
Women Pioneers for the Environment. Mary Jo Breton (1998), ISBN-1-55553-365-5
Tao of Nature. Mary Summer Rain (2002), ISBN-0-7434-0790-3