Syllabus for Global Environmental History

Global miljöhistoria


  • 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:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for and discuss historical societies and cultures relationship to and use of nature;
  • account for central processes and explanatory models in environmental history concerning different societies emergence and decline, and relate these to relevant contemporary questions within the sustainability field;
  • from a perspective of environmental history account for and discuss the most prominent challenges, discourses and ideas from eighteenth to the twentieth century within the sustainability field.


The environmental history of the world: general perspectives are mixed with specific focus on different historical events and geographic locations. Historical societies and cultures view of and interaction with nature, with focus on the three levels: mental level, interactive level (human-nature interaction) and ecological level. The three levels partly corresponds to the academic division of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The human evolution as a cultural being, the origin of agriculture and the early city cultures. The modern world with focus on the expansion of the Europeans, the emergence of the industrial society and the globalisation. The ecosystems (including human societies) with its animal, plants and diseases as historically relevant factors. The environmental problems of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and discussion of environmental and natural resources.


The course consists of lectures, seminars and environmental historical field trips. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines. Part of the course uses art creation as a way of learning.


Students are examined through written preparation and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits) and at the end of the course through written and oral presentation of project work (4.5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Pointing, Clive A new green history of the world : the environment and the collapse of great civilizations

    London: Vintage, 2007

    Find in the library


  • Radkau, Joachim Nature and power : a global history of the environment

    1. English ed.: Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, 2008

    Find in the library


  • Artikelkompendium

    Find in the library