Fall 2018 - HIST 377 D100

Environmental History (4)

Class Number: 5064

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2018
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Timothy Paulson
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines the reciprocal influences between humans and nature through time. Topics may include settlement, agriculture, technology, politics, urbanization, science, and conservation. Students with credit for GEOG 377 may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines the historical relationship between people and the natural environment—including plants, animals, pathogens, landscapes, waterscapes, and climates—through the lenses of environmental history and historical geography. The course takes an expansive view of North American history that links local landscapes to global phenomena, covering the period from ten-thousand years ago to the present. Students will learn how environmental historians expand historical time periods and geographical space to shed new light on major issues impacting society and the global environment today. Major concepts include: Ecological Imperialism; space and place; the idea of nature; race, gender, sex, and social class as historical ecological drivers; agriculture and urbanization; Capitalism; the long environmental movement(s); and methods in environmental history. Students will complete weekly readings; participate in tutorial discussions; complete one historical documents, mapping, and/or data analysis project; write one research paper; and complete one final exam.


  • Participation 20%
  • Historical Geography Project 25%
  • Essay 30%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • *Course components and their weighting may be altered between now and the beginning of the fall term. Please contact Dr. Paulson for the most up-to-date information.



There are no required textbooks. Readings will be made available on Canvas.

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