Spring 2017 - HIST 432 D100
Problems in Environmental History (4)
Class Number: 3973
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
1 778 782-4400
Office: AQ 6012
Prerequisites:45 units including nine units of lower division history.
An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 432 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for GEOG 432 may take HIST 432 for credit only when a different topic is taught.
THEMES IN NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORYThe intellectual foundations of modern environmentalism have shifted dramatically in recent decades, and the cultural and material terrain of modern environmental activism has grown at one more fractured and urgent. Environmental historians and geographers have a key role to play in these debates, but the emerging scholarly frameworks have destabilize simple notions of a timeless or separate thing we call Nature. This seminar engages major themes in environmental scholarship each time it is held. This coming spring we will be working through the literature on environments and health. Students will read key articles, essays, books, and films, and they will discuss the implications on themes of consumption, identity, and place, at scales ranging from the body to the global.
This course is identical to GEOG 432 and students cannot take both courses for credit.
- Participation 30%
- Presentation (oral) 10%
- Presentation (written) 10%
- Document Paper 10%
- Final Essay 40%
Conevery Valençius, The Health of the Country: How Settlers Understood Themeselves and Their Land
Christopher Sellers, Hazards of the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science
Linda Nash, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge
Gregg Mitman, Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes
Jessica Van Horssen, A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Contamination, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community
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