FEATURED COURSES · SPRING 2019

Global Environmental History

Envir St/History 465


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Tues/Thurs + various discussion sections on Wed
4:00 - 5:15 PM
4 credits


Fulfills Environmental Studies
Environmental Humanities Foundation
UW Designations
Humanities or Social Science Intermediate

Instructor

Elizabeth Hennessy
Elizabeth Hennessy
Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

We have entered the Anthropocene—a new geological epoch in which people have fundamentally reshaped the planet in ways that put the future of life in jeopardy. But there is little consensus about when this new era began or what precisely caused it: the evolution of the human species, the beginning of agriculture, the discovery of the new world, the beginning of capitalism, or the making of atomic bombs? This class uses the framework of global environmental history to understand the Anthropocene – or “Capitalocene” or “Plantationocene” – by investigating how and why relationships between people and their environments in each of these moments changed so significantly that they have left permanent marks on the planet. To understand how to live in the Anthropocene today, we need to understand the historical patterns and processes that produced this global environmental crisis.

Through this class, students will learn about the social, political, and economic processes through which different societies have shaped, and been shaped by, the natural world. Students will gain skills for historical analysis, public communication, and writing for the web. Major assignments will include the following: an independent field trip to the UW Geology Museum and related photo essay on modern fossils; a persuasive letter to the Anthropocene Working Group on the need for historical analysis in its debates about when the Anthropocene began; and a public website on "The Anthropocene in 100 Objects," which students will collaboratively curate by selecting a key historical object and writing a 1,500-word essay about how it is illustrative of the Anthropocene.


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