Society, Landscape and Environment 1500-1800 (HIC3305)

30 credits

This module critically examines the changing nature of landscapes and their meaning in the post-medieval/early modern period. It explores the economic, social, political and cultural decisions that shaped the development of urban and rural landscapes since the sixteenth century. Through analysis of a range of primary source material and historical debates the module considers agrarian change, urban development, colonialism and contemporary ideas of environmental and social improvement. Of central importance throughout is an understanding of how ideas of landscape were hotly contested among people living in the past, as they still are today.