ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Winter 2023, Section 002 - Rocks, Wind, Women
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Jeju Island, Korea, is said to have three abundances: rocks, wind, and women. Rocks, the geological wonders of the volcanic island, are now codified into a number of national and UNESCO park lands that foster stunning biodiversity. The winds that have made life harsh on Jeju are being harnessed for energy, as the island aims to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Women, particularly the free-diving fisherwomen known as haenyeo (sea women), typify Jeju’s distinct island culture and community spirit. Jeju’s idiosyncratic charm forms much of its international appeal, but is the commodification of Jeju helping to preserve its environment and culture, or simply packaging them for palatable consumption? This course examines the geology and biodiversity of Jeju in conjunction with its culture, politics, and history to form an understanding of this beautiful and beguiling island’s place in the modern world.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors in Asian Studies and Environmental Studies.



ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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