Environmental History: Working with historiography MHI336
Environmental history is the historical study of people and their environments. Historiography traces how history writing has changed over time. The course introduces students to these two fields, demonstrating how students can work with historiography to bring their own writing into dialogue with the other scholars.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
This course gives students an introduction to historiography and how one can use historiographical perspectives in historical research. Environmental historians study how humans have worked with, shaped, and thought about nature and environment - and how we have been shaped by this nature. The course will examine major developments and boundaries of this field. What are the central problems environmental historians examine? How has the field developed over time and what is the state of the field today?
demonstrate knowledge about environmental history as a research field
recognize how interactions between people and their environments have shaped historical developments
analyze environmental history publications for their structure, argumentation, empirical basis, and relationship to a historiographical context
critically reflect over different approaches to environmental history as a research field
apply historiographical perspectives in their own writing
account for and critically reflect over different approaches to environmental history, and discuss whether they contribute anything new to our understanding of the past
actively participate in a seminar-based academic discussion
present historical scholarship orally and visually
Required prerequisite knowledge
Poster persentations and oral exam
Form of assessment
A: As described in given guidelines. B: 750 words (+/- 10 %), footnotes and reference list not included.