Liberal Arts and Sustainability Curriculum Grant
A project of the Sustainability Institute at UNH in partnership with the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP)
UNHSI is encouraging the development of Humanities courses that may be cross-listed with the proposed Dual Major in Sustainability (DMS). The DMS is intended to capitalize on UNH’s existing strengths and leadership in sustainability, including research and teaching. It seeks to give students in all majors the option of adding a transdisciplinary yet intellectually coherent pathway in sustainability that can complement their own disciplinary specializations.
We are offering course development awards of $3K for courses offered in the 2014-15 academic year (AY). Each awardee will receive $2K in course development funding during AY13-14, followed by $1K in implementation funding during the AY14-15 semester in which the course is offered. Proposals may be for new courses or redesigns of existing courses.
This is an opportunity for faculty in COLA to highlight the Humanities’ contributions to sustainability and to benefit from increased exchange with our colleagues in the natural, social and health sciences, and engineering. We are conceiving of “sustainability” in the broadest possible terms, covering topics such as:
- Sustainability of cultures (e.g., cultural heritage management);
- Cultures of sustainability (e.g., institutional and cultural changes that will promote sustainability);
- Critical reflection on the term “sustainability” itself
- Environmental history, art and literature
- Studies of space and place
- Social and economic justice
- Diversity and inclusive excellence
- Ethical considerations of sustainability
This year, one or more of the course awards will be granted for a course redesigned or developed in line with UNH’s new Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP). RGSCP is a newly established initiative in the Liberal Arts to promote the humanistic study and discussion of ethics, citizenship, principled leadership, responsible governance of private and public institutions and the creation of sustainable institutions. Courses are particularly desired that create a dialogue between the past and the present or bring cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural perspectives to bear on RGSCP themes.
Past course topics funded include:
- Sustaining Ancient Rome: The Ecological Costs of Empire
- Race, Gender and Environmental Justice
- The Global Sex Industry: Exploring Transnational Feminism, Ecocriticism and Sex Worker Rights
- Occupy Democracy: Participatory/Sustainable Democracy in Theory & Practice
- Eco-criticism, Sustainability and Nature
- Sustainable Languages
- Hunger and Longing in Literature and Society
- Revolutions: A Two-Semester Exploration
- Engaged Learning through Local Material Culture
- Why (Black) English Matters: Sustaining the Early Language of African American Difference
Please submit by October 18 a one-page proposal and a draft syllabus as well as a letter from your department chair indicating departmental approval to teach the course in the next academic year. Proposals that do not include the chair’s approval letter will not be accepted. The proposal also should explain how the course advances the discussion of the relationship between the liberal arts and sustainability, including the RGSCP initiative if appropriate, and indicate how you plan to use the course development funds.
Awardees will be notified by November 15. Recipients will be required to participate in a Fall 2014 meeting and in Sustainability Institute and/or RGSCP faculty development efforts, the specifics of which will detailed upon award announcement.
- Marla Brettschneider (Political Science & Women's Studies): "Occupy Democracy: Participatory/Sustainable Democracy in Theory & Practice"
- Petar Ramadanovic (English): "Eco-criticism, Sustainability and Nature"
- Maya Ravindranath (English): "Sustainable Languages."
- Paula Salvio (Education): "Hunger and Longing in Literature and Society"
- Jeanie Sowers (Political Science) and Janet Polasky (History): “Revolutions: A Two-Semester Exploration”
- Hetty Startup (Art & Art History): "Engaged Learning through Local Material Culture"
- Reginal Wilburn (English): "Why (Black) English Matters: Sustaining the Early Language of African American Difference."
- Susan Curry of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Classics): “Sustaining Ancient Rome: The Ecological Costs of Empire”
- Courtney Marshall of English and Women’s Studies: “Race, Gender and Environmental Justice”
- Joelle Ryan of Women’s Studies: “The Global Sex Industry: Exploring Transational Feminism, Ecocriticism and Sex Worker Rights”
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