From companion species to queer ecologies, from the “white (m)anthropocene” to the toxic sublime, this course will examine environmentalist history, theory and politics through readings, films and excursions. Engaging with Mi’kmaq, Potawatomi and Inuit ways of knowing, we will explore ecological being in this moment, on these lands.

Students enrolled in this course are eligible for the Dr. Rowland Marshall History of Science and Technology Prize in Ecology and Environment. An award will go to the student with the best research essay written in Engineering the Planet: the Anthropocene Era, from Prehistory to Today’s Global Crisis, Ecology and Religion, and Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critiques each year. The prize value is between $800 and $1,000.