ENVIRON 237 - Global Environmental History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Global Environmental History offers an introduction to environmental history, a field that combines traditional historical methods with environmental science to explore how humans have transformed nature and how nature has shaped human history. We will investigate case studies of human-environment interactions from every inhabited continent; discover how particular connections between distant places have had dramatic, unexpected effects; and analyze the complex feedback loops between local and global scales. What role did the “conquest of nature” play in the development of nation-states and the spread of European empires? How have cultural understandings of nature affected human impacts on the land? Have societies become more or less adaptable to environmental change, more or less integrated into natural systems, more or less in control of their environment? The course shows how human-environment interactions have created a truly global human environment: the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch of Earth history.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include attendance, participation in discussions, an average of 65 pages of reading per week, short weekly reading questions, and a semester-long creative research project.

Intended Audience:

Designed as an intro to environmental history for lower-division students. It will appeal to students throughout LSA because of the interdisciplinary nature. Global History minors, Program in the Environment and International Studies students.

Class Format:

The class format includes a mixture of lecture and discussion.

ENVIRON 237 - Global Environmental History
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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