Syllabus for Global Environmental History

Global miljöhistoria

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV002
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2008-04-24
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2008
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course the student should
be able to give an account of historic environmental processes;
be able to give an account of past societies' and cultures' view of, and relationship to, nature;
be able to reflect in a historic sense, and relate the past to the present;
give an account of the environmental issues and the environmental discourse of the 19th and 20th century.

Content

The course covers views of nature and relations with nature of historical societies and cultures, with focus on three levels: mental, interactive (human-nature interaction) and ecological level. The three levels correspond somewhat to the academic division of humanities, social science and natural science. Through a shift between a general perspective and specific strokes in history, and at various places and regions, a holistic understanding of the global environmental history is created. The evolution of humanity as a cultural being, the development of agriculture and the early cities are covered briefly in the course. Thereafter will be focus on the modern world from the expansion of the Europeans, the development of the industrial society and the globalisation. Ecosystems (including human societies) with its animals, plants and diseases are seen as historically important factors. A certain relevance is given to the environmental problems and discussion about environment and natural resources taking part in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course gives an interdisciplinary and historical depth to the global environmental crises and environment and development discussion of the latest decades.

Instruction

Lectures, excursions and seminars.

Assessment

Current examination with writing assignments and active participation in seminars.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2008

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Hughes, J. Donald Nyqvist, Per Världens miljöhistoria

    Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2005

    Find in the library

  • McNeill, John R. Eklöf, Margareta Någonting är nytt under solen : nittonhundratalets miljöhistoria

    1. uppl.: Stockholm: SNS förl., 2003

    Find in the library