Modern Natures: Conflicts and Transformation

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 2EH421

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Archaeology A1N, Economic History A1N, Global Environmental History A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 14 May 2018
Responsible department
Department of Economic History

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed the course will be able to:

  • account for influential debates in environmental history on socio-economic and political conflicts arising from human-nature interaction in the modern era.
  • describe and assess general historical trajectories of human-nature relations from the perspective of colonialism, industrialisation and the development of modern states.
  • critically account for and assess one specific ongoing environmental conflict.


This course introduces the students to global environmental history from the perspective of the dynamic and historically transformative relationship between nature and social forces. The course has as a main focus the modern period to the present (ca. 1700 - today). Three themes of the study of human-nature relations are highlighted: 1. 'Nature as a resource and nature under stress'; 2. 'Governing Nature: Political and technical solutions to societal transformation and social conflict'; 3. 'Nature conservation, policy and politics of nature'. The course has an interdisciplinary perspective, specifically representing research in economic history, agrarian and urban studies, and environmental policy.


Instruction consists of lectures and seminars.


Assessment includes oral as well as written examination.

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 University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

This course overlaps with the course 5HA007 and cannot be used in the same degree.