Aug 12, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HS 3830 - Environmental History of North America

This course examines human interactions with the ecosystems and resources of North America from prehistory through the late twentieth century.  Prominent topics may include: the interactions with the natural world of imperialist politics, the rise of capitalism, revolutionary technological advancements, methods of food and energy production and consumption, resource and land usage patterns, the establishment of national parks and protected lands, environmental debates and the environmental activism movement, industrialization, and urbanization. Themes include comparative cultural studies, envirocultural feedback loops, Native homelands, capitalist resource utilization, human impacts on land and ecosystems, public perceptions of the environment, the findings of environmental sciences, political rhetoric regarding the environment, and the character, perpetuation, and consequences of environmental inequalities.