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
  • Revised: 2016-12-05
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2017
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students should 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

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 historical ecologies will be given looking at long term processes of human-environmental interactions and particular case studies.

Instruction

The course consists of lectures aimed at providing an overview of different applications of historical ecology. Group discussions will centered around discussion of literature and on a subject of interest and/or a chosen case study. Instrucions are given in English.

Assessment

The course will be examined through individual assignments. Active participation in lectures, seminars and group discussions is required. The following grades will be used: Passed with distinction (VG; corresponds to A or B), Passed (G; corresponds to C, D or E), Fail (U; corresponds to Fx or F). Unless special circumstances apply, Passed with distinction (A or B) cannot be obtained if the examination paper is overdue. Examination in Swedish is possible..

Other directives

A student group representing a broad spectrum of disciplines will strengthen the competence of the group and enables students to participate in diverse, creative discussions throughout the course. We therefore welcome students from all disciplinary domains. The course will be given in English.

Reading list

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