Section Information for Fall 2022
This course investigates the complex, imaginative relationship between oil –an essential, yet mostly invisible, commodity—and American and Global culture. Using films, novels, and nonfiction, and documentaries, this course will explore oil’s cultural presence in our lives. We will read a selection from Upton Sinclair's 1926 novel Oil!, view iconic oil films such as Giant, There Will Be Blood, Deepwater Horizon, and Syriana, and read two novels: Jennifer Haigh's Heat and Light, and Helon Habila's novel Oil on Water. We will also read nonfiction from Lisa Margonelli, Vaclav Smil, Margaret Atwood, and Daniel Yergin. There are regular quizzes, activities, and short essays. There will be 3-4 unit exams in place of a midterm and final.
ENGH 202 DL7 is a distance education section taught asynchronously.
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