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ERIC Number: ED475848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 13
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When Seeing Can Become Believing: A Film-Based Eco-Composition Course.
Pollock, Jeri
Pepperdine University lies between the mountains of the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Pacific Ocean. The hills surrounding the campus are a paradise of native vegetation, much of it under federal protection, where there are many types of wildlife and the air is loud with insects and all sorts of birds. And yet, not only are the vast majority of students unaware and often actually resistant to any interaction with their natural surroundings, but also almost none have the slightest interest in venturing the 50 feet or so beyond their dorms into what they refer to as "wilderness." Not a single one is able, at the beginning of each semester, to recognize or articulate any of the problems inherent in the establishment of a population of over 10,000 students, faculty, and staff in a previously untouched natural setting. So one Pepperdine composition teacher has developed a curriculum in which the primary "texts" are documentary and Hollywood films having to do with environmental issues. The intention is that her students not only internalize (by researching and writing about the environmental issues presented in the films) at least a knowledge of the basic scientific facts, but that they also begin to comprehend how these facts impact and are impacted by their daily lifestyle choices. This paper lists the films she uses in the course, possible required reading texts, and suggested fiction selections. A course syllabus and sample assignments are attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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