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Images of the Natural World: Issues in Environmental History (12 points)


Leader: David Garrioch and Stephen Legg

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit is a history of the way people have related to and thought about the natural environment in the past. It will provide an introduction to recent literature on environmental history, including the environmental consequences of European expansion into the New World, of industrialization and imperialism, and of medicine and science. Attention will also be given to climate change, plagues and other diseases, and the depletion of natural resources. The subject will conclude with some reflections on the historical underpinnings of current debates about global pollution, population, and global warming.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 25% + Research essay (5000 words): 50% + Take-home examination (2000 words): 25%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week

Prohibitions: HSY4180, GES4180, HYM5180

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