UMass-Dartmouth charges pretty penny for 'ecofeminism' course
- The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is offering a $1,218 "ecofeminism" course in which students will learn about the "oppression of nature."
- A schedule for the course states that students will study “Vegetarian Ecofeminism,” "Intersectionality and Connectivity," “Activism,” and more.
The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has an online “ecofeminism” course in which students can learn about topics like “the oppression of nature.”
“Ecofeminism: Philosophy & Practice,” a three-credit course, is being offered by the university during the 2019 spring semester and the school is charging students $1,218, not including a term registration fee, to take the course, which seeks to study different ecofeminist theories.
The course covers the “study of ecofeminism as systems of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity that stem from a cultural ideology that enables the oppression of nature,” according to its description. “The course explores ecofeminist theories, literature, and practice, including ecofeminist ethics, and the applications of ecofeminism to the lives of individual men and women, as well as cultural institutions and organizations.”
UMass-Dartmouth will aim to teach students various objectives, such as to “define ecofeminism and identify ecofeminist practices,” “understand the roots of ecofeminism and ecofeminist theory,” “gain an understanding of various ecofeminist literary approaches,” “apply ecofeminist analysis to specific literary text," and more, according to the course syllabus.
The course schedule also states that students will spend various weeks of the class studying topics like “Vegetarian Ecofeminism,” Intersectionality and Connectivity," “Activism,” and more.
In addition to the ecofeminism course, UMass-Dartmouth is offering other online courses such as “Men and Masculinities,” in which different masculinities will be discussed in terms of their relationship with “power, nation, violence, race, and class.”
In 2018, Campus Reform went to the Saint Mary’s College of Maryland after a professor argued that “ecosexualism” has various benefits and is used to describe “a person that finds nature sensual.” Students opined on the “ecosexual movement” and whether they would be interested in the dating profiles of different single trees in the area.
“I would swipe right because it reminds me of Christmas,” one student said of an evergreen tree.
In a similar fashion, a professor at Santa Monica College took “Ecosexuality” to a different level, hosting an “EcoSexual Sextravaganza” during which students “married the ocean.”
Various university departments funded the program, which was held on Santa Monica Beach and was billed by the organizer as a way for people to express their love for earth through “ecocentric passion and even lust.”
One person who attended the event even spoke to others about the importance of getting consent before pursuing a physical relationship with earth.
Campus Reform reached out to UMass-Dartmouth for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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