Environmental history 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, H7006N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2010 Sp 1 - Autumn 2010 Sp 2
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Syllabus established
by Head of the Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 19 Feb 2010

Last revised
by Head of the Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 19 Feb 2010

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle

Specific entry

More information about English language requirements

Course Aim
Students shall after completion of the course be able to:
• describe how man's relationship to nature has changed through history.
• give examples of how this relationship has been influenced by different political, cultural, economic and technical factors (with special focus on technical factors).
• give examples of environmental problems from different historical periods and different parts of the world, and be able to explain them in relation to man's relationship with nature during the same periods.
• explain and problematize, the key driving forces behind the environmental problems of the 20th century, as well as the environmental policy, especially from a Swedish perspective, formed as a result of these.
• discuss and problematize, current environmental problems in relation to the historical lessons learned in the field.

The course deals with environmental history from a very broad perspective: from prehistory to modern times, with special focus on the environmental history of the 20th century; from global to local environmental history, with special focus on Western and Swedish; as well as, from environmental problems to environmental policy.

Lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Continuous examination, both written and oral and both individual and in group.  Through written assignments, group presentations, individual presentations and seminars, student skills (set up above) are examined.

Kristina Söderholm

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2010 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Lundgren, L. and Bernes C. (2009) Bruk och missbruk av naturens resurser: En svensk miljöhistoria. Monitor 21, Naturvårdsverket.
Radkau, J. (2008) Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment, Publications of the German Historical Institute, Cambridge University Press.
McNeill, J.R (2003) Någonting är nytt under solen. Nittonhundratalets miljöhistoria, SNS förlag.
Course instructions and Article Collection (Fronter Materials)
Additional literature may apply.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

0001Individual assignment reports4.0U G VG
0002Oral presentation/discussion3.5U G VG