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Themes in environmental humanities (DUH280)

We are once again inviting applications for a 5-day intensive PhD-course on museums and environmental humanities. The course will be digital/arranged in Stavanger, Norway, by University of Stavanger. The course awards 5 ECTS upon completion.

A reading list will be published with each specific course theme. The reading list (around 500 pages) will be picked in collaboration between external guest lecturers and local conveners. A month ahead of the course start, students will be given the list of material to be read before the class.


Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

DUH280

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

5

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Content

Environmental humanities is a relatively new but rapidly expanding radically transdisciplinary endeavour that complements environmental science and public policy.

Environmental humanities focuses on the cultural, historical, artistic and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Rather than being a discipline, environmental humanities has been characterized as a "global intellectual movement" and a "new interdisciplinary matrix". Although environmental humanities as a field grows out of individual humanities disciplines working on environmental issues, environmental humanities is not an umbrella term that simply collects existing disciplinary-based research; rather, environmental humanities combines humanistic perspectives and fields to create shared points of reference. Environmental humanities broadly investigates the human-environment relationship, producing critical work, reflecting on scientific developments, and engaging in new and creative ways with natureculture transformations.

This course will focus on a specific theme, selected each time the course is offered, to explore the transdisciplinary nature of the environmental humanities. This is not an introductory course, but one that delves deep into a particular theme, drawing on a multitude of perspectives and approaches to extract complex and nuanced understandings. The course will be taught over five intensive days, using a combination of external guest lecturers that are international experts in their fields, UiS faculty members, site visits, and student project work. The course emphasizes collaborative learning and project-based methodologies that connect theory, method, and practice. Students will have preparatory mandatory reading prior to the course meeting and project completion activities afterwards. 

Learning outcome

Knowledge

Students develop an understanding of:

  • selected transdisciplinary research theories, methods, and approaches in environmental humanities.
  • different communication channels for environmental humanities research

Skills

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • critically apply appropriate environmental humanities theories and methods to a case study
  • create narratives to reach audiences outside of academia, including in digital delivery formats.
  • read and reflect upon academic literature beyond their home disciplinary field

Competencies

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • engage with public environmental concerns
  • demonstrate competency in communicating complex environmental humanities issues in understandable ways
  • follow rigorous scholarly practice, including research ethics
Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

The students will produce a public-facing project that connects their own work with the course theme, and they will write a 3000-word essay that reflects on the process of producing the public-facing project.

Coursework requirements
Mandatory participation
Mandatory participation in the five course days.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Dolly Jørgensen
Course teacher: Finn Arne Jørgensen
Method of work
Intensive five-day seminar.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Themes in environmental humanities (DLV280_1) 5
Open for
Students enrolled in a doctoral programme at recognized universities anywhere in the world. Applicants may be turned down due to limitations on the number of places (15-20). Students affiliated with a partner institution of the Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities will be prioritized.
Course assessment
An evaluation form in accordance with the expectations in the UiS quality system will be made available to the candidates after the completion of the course. The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation. 
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto