HIS s350L • ENVIR HIST OF NORTH AMER-W
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
This one-semester introduction to environmental history will examine some of the recent literature on environmental history. It will survey various theories and methodologies currently being used to write environmental history as well as those used in the past. We will assess how the field has evolved and attempt to determine where it might be headed in the future. As with the field itself, this course will focus on human interaction with the natural world, chart how nature has influenced the development of human life and technologies, and discuss the various political, intellectual, cultural, economic, and social meanings that people have attached to the environment at different moments in history. This course will be based on weekly meetings to discuss readings that will be organized topically. Students will be required to write brief reviews of each week's reading, a historiographical essay, and a research paper. Among the questions explored in this course will be: -What is "nature?" - What role has science played in our understanding of the environment? - What is the relationship between environmental history and social and cultural history?