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ENG 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

Winter or May Term off-campus course.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
variable

Winter Term information

Joseph Heithaus

183A: Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica: Writing Nature (off-campus)

By exploring a Pacific bay, a coastal dry forest, a wet forest on the edge of a volcano, and a cloud forest in one of the most biodiverse and ecologically minded countries in the world, we will introduce students to the complex issues of tropical ecology. Students will use writing as a conduit to understanding and communicating what is at stake in preserving and protecting these critical ecosystems in the face of human threats. We will spend a week on campus preparing and learning about what we will see; a week in the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG); and a week exploring the cloud forest habitats of Monteverde. Students will keep a journal, produce two essays, and do a group writing project on some aspect of tropical ecology. In ACG students will meet biologists and parataxonomists in various parts of ACG as it seeks to inventory the area's immense diversity of flora and fauna using DNA barcoding. In Monteverde students will spend a few days learning and participating in sustainable agriculture on a coffee farm, and take guided hikes in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Students should come ready to work, hike, listen, and write about all they see and experience.

For more information on program costs and how to apply for the program, paste this URL into your web browser:

https://depauw-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs

Enter "Winter" into the Term search box.


Kayla Flegal

183B: Adapted Enchantment: Children's Lit in London & Paris (off-campus)

Much great literature is grounded in a sense of place. This is especially true of children's literature, for the settings of beloved children's classics reflect the construction of childhood itself as a place and space apart: a position of innocence, distinct from the world of adulthood, that can be protected or violated. Child characters fly from the nursery to Neverland and back again, fall down rabbit holes into Wonderland, roam the hallways of Hogwarts, or find a new home in foreign lands. These stories are thoroughly situated in distinctive locales, often inspired by the real-life experiences of their authors, and go on to inspire movies, TV shows, and even whole theme parks to re-create the enchanted settings. This course will take students to literary sites in London and Paris to explore the relationship between classic and contemporary children's texts and the locales in which they were created and inspired, while noting how metaphorical and physical space creates landscapes of power and identity. We will step into the world of P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins, explore Madeline's Paris, see the sites that shaped the writing and filming of Harry Potter, and more.

For more information on program costs and how to apply for the program, paste this URL into your web browser:

https://depauw-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs

Enter "Winter" into the Term search box.