Syllabus for Historical Ecology

Historisk ekologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5AR764
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Archaeology A1N, Global Environmental History A1N

    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), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2010-10-14
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements: Students admitted to the Master programme of the Faculty of Arts or a Bachelor's degree.
  • Responsible department: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:

- critically assess and analyse interactions between societal processes, environment and climate variability from a historical perspective.
- critically assess and analyse the importance of an integrated and historical understanding in relation to solving present day problems of sustainability.
- review and assess the applicability of theoretical models available within the field of historical ecology.
- apply a historical ecological framework to a case study.

Content

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the theoretical frameworks offered by historical ecology for understanding interactions between society, environment and climate as well as their particular complexities. The importance of an integrated and long-term understanding of these complex interactions in comprehending and solving present day problems of sustainability will be discussed and critically assessed. Examples of applying a historical ecological framework to local cross-disciplinary case studies will be given. Students will also apply historical ecological analyses to their own material/or chosen material, which may become part of a larger project or result in scientific papers.

Instruction

The course consists of lectures aimed at providing an overview of different applications of historical ecology. Group discussions will be based on a subject of interest and/or a chosen case study for an essay or paper. Supervision regarding subject, framework and style will be provided by the coordinating teacher and lecturers as part of the course.

Assessment

The course will be examined through individual student papers or essays. These may form part of a larger project or be the foundation for a scientific paper. Active participation in lectures, seminars and group discussions is required. Unless special circumstances apply, Pass with distinction (VG) cannot be obtained if the examination paper is overdue. Examination in Swedish or English is possible.

Other directives

The course will be given in English.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.