An introduction to the field of environmental history - its nature and uses. This course provides a historical perspective to environmental issues. It examines the causes and impact of human-induced modification of the natural world in selected areas of the globe, the evolution of attitudes and ideas about the natural world over time and the growth of conservation/environmental issues and movements.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Describe a broad view of North American environmental history;
- Explain thematic interpretations of that history by way of various concepts and the tension between them, including: anthropocene, agency, power, nature and wilderness, progress and improvement, agrarian myth, pollution, exponential growth theory, environmental justice, and eco-terrorism;
- Communicate research findings and syntheses of assigned reading to peers;
- Write short pieces on topics relevant to you;
- Conduct secondary and primary source research using online archives and libraries;
- Explain the power and limits of human agency with respect to the environment and the forces of nature;
- Explain changes over time with respect to human interaction with the planet, as well as the human perceptions of and depictions of that interaction; and
- Observe and analyze contemporary events and questions about human interaction with the planet and nonhuman species.
- Colonial America and Nature
- Science, Culture, and Commerce
- Territorial Expansion, “Progress” and “Improvement”
- Industrial North America and Early Conservation
- Camping: Consumer and the “Wilderness”
- Dust Bowl: Industrial Agriculture, Capitalism and Hubris
- The Good Life
- Modern Rural Cultures
- Pollution and Environmental Justice
Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits
|Week 1 Webquest & Discussion||5%|
|Discussions #1 & #2 (2 x 15%)||30%|
|Primary Source Presentation||15%|
|Take-Home Final Exam||30%|
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Environmental Citizenship : Electives
*Course details are subject to change.