CPLT190-2: Fresh Sem: Literature

Topic: Ecology-Animal Rights-Evidence

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center N109
Meighoo, Sean
Appropriate for First Year students.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html

This course is focused on two closely related contemporary social and political movements: the ecological movement and the animal rights movement. In our class, we will read the texts that first galvanized these movements during the 1960s and 70s: marine biologist Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and philosopher Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, respectively. We will also view two documentary feature films, An Inconvenient Truth and Blackfish, which have more recently introduced these social and political movements to a broader audience. Furthermore, we will read two novels, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, which broach the various social, political, and ethical issues that have been raised by the ecological and animal rights movements.

During the first part of our course on ecology, students will submit a comparative analysis of a literary text and a film. During the second part of our course on animal rights, students will submit an evidence-focused staged assignment in four parts: a topic proposal, a research essay, a digital story, and a reflective essay. Students will also be assessed on the basis of their attendance and participation in class discussions.



  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, rev. ed. (Boston, MA: Mariner Books, 2002), ISBN 978-0618249060;
  • Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, rev. ed. (New York: Harper Perennial, 2009), ISBN 978-0061711305;
  • Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (New York: Anchor Books, 2004), ISBN 978-0385721677;
  • J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (New York: Penguin Books, 2000), ISBN 978-0140296402;
  • Davis Guggenheim (dir.), An Inconvenient Truth;
  • Gabriela Cowperthwaite (dir.), Blackfish.


  • Comparative analysis (3-4 pp, 15%);
  • Topic proposal (1-2 pp, 10%);
  • Research essay (5-6 pp, 30%);
  • Digital story (2-3 min, 10%)
  • Reflective essay (3-4 pp, 15%);
  • Attendance and participation (20%).

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