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 other scholars.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. 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
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Book review: 750 words (+/- 10 %)Written essay: 2500 words (+/- 10 %)Footnotes and reference list not included in word limit.
Individual written assignment 1, Individual written assignment 2, 75% attendance, Individual oral presentation 1
Seminar with 75% attendance. Submission of journal/reflection assignment required for seminar credit.
2 individual written assignments in preparation for final essay
This is a seminar-based course that requires active student participation. Students will work together and individually. The seminars will be complemented by some lectures. Students are required to complete written and oral assignments throughout the course.
Environmental and Water History - A Historiographical Perspective (MHI335_1)
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.