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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Mar 04, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog
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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course is an opportunity to take up writing as a method for engaging the world, for affecting change in the world, and for developing sustainable relationships with all those beings, systems, cultures, networks, and environments that we’re entangled within. Writing is more than a simple tool of communication, and when taken as such, this simplified view of writing might be taken up as partially to blame for the current crisis of sustainability we’re deep within. When we act as though our writing is merely a means of describing the world from a distance, we reinforce a sharp divide between our selves and the world around us. Instead, we can strive to write in rather than about the world. Writing can be a tool for developing and shaping our relationships with the world. In this section of Seminar in Composition we will engage with Sustainability as both a practice and interdisciplinary field of study. We will read texts that work to define sustainability and sustainable living. They will both promote particular practices of sustainability and trouble the notion of a sustainability that doesn’t require an overhaul in how we experience and engage the world around us. We will examine what it means to pursue sustainability and what it means to say that we are living through a crisis of sustainability.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Seminar
Grade Component: LG/SNC Elective Basis

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