World History 2: Science, Environment and Sustainability (HIC1301)

15 credits

This module introduces students to one of the most important themes in human and earth history: the transformation of the global environment. It examines relations between humanity and the natural world in the period from approximately 1500 to the present, and asks students to consider how humans have seen nature culturally, and changed it materially. It also looks at the ways in which the domination of nature contributed to the making of an unequal global order and the contemporary environmental crisis. Much of this work will involve discussion of secondary sources in environmental history and environmentalism, as well as the use of primary sources to critically assess arguments developed by historians and others.

No scientific knowledge beyond GCSE will be assumed.  Owing to diverse range of source materials examined, this module is highly recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.