ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-DL7: Oil Culture
(Fall 2022)


Section Information for Fall 2022

ENGH 202 - DL7: Oil Culture

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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the degree.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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