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HIST 2503 People & Nature: History & Future of Human Impacts on the Planet (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The twenty-first century opened with combined crises of climate, bio-diversity, and eco-system collapse. This course studies these crises from the dual perspectives of history and sociology. We look at how climate change developed, the shift from sustainable to unsustainable agriculture, the loss of forests around the planet, toxic chemicals, population trends, and other topics. For each section of the course we begin with historical trends before tackling present issues. Throughout, the class we focus not just on problems, but also solutions. This year we are planning to "flip" the class in order to maximize interaction and project based learning. The class will not be offered in 2016-17.


Instructor(s): Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY1025

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Last Updated: 13-Oct-15