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Chunikhin K.

In bk.: The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. University of Toronto Press, 2021. P. 265-298.

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THE ISSUES OF CULTURAL HIERARCHIES IN EARLY MODERN ETHNOGRAPHY BASED ON THE ACCOUNTS BY PETRUS PETREJUS, PAUL RYCAUT, FYNES MORYSON, AND JOHN DAVIES

Selin A. A., Байгушев С. В., Levin F. et al.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 197.

Anthropocene

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The Anthropocene denotes a proposed geological epoch in which the impact of human activities on the Earth system as a whole has become distinctly visible. The idea of a human-led era has a longer history; however, it wasn’t until 2000 that the atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen promoted this name for a new geochronological period and introduced it into widespread interdisciplinary use. The Anthropocene concept has already unleashed a wealth of scientific literature, artistic engagement, and public debate all around the world. Within the concept of the Anthropocene, the history of mankind is organically integrated into the planetary history of the Earth, thus achieving a synthesis of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The principal aim of the course is to introduce the concept and contemporary debates of its application for historical research. The course aims to show how such fields as environmental and technological history as well as history of science are changing by introduction of this concept and how they contribute to the study of the relationship between humans and nature through transferring it into the environment by technologies including problems of climate change, extinction, and pollution. This class is reading and discussion-intensive.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Introducing to students of history a novel concept of the Anthropocene and contemporary debates around its use in science, humanities and environmental politics; demonstration the potential of interdisciplinary studies for historians
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will master the framework of the contemporary scholarship on the Anthropocene and will improve their intellectual potential
  • Students will be able to analyze critically the literature they have read, use their knowledge in seminar discussions and in preparing final essay
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Climate
  • Environment vs Nature. Narratives of the Anthropocene
  • When the Anthropocene took off? ‘The Great Acceleration’ debate
  • Energy challenge in historical perspective
  • Infrastructures and Large Technological systems in history. Water and power
  • Transforming raw materials into resources. Territories, flows and networks
  • Ecological imperialism, green revolution, biodiversity, extinction
  • Toxicity, pollution
  • Environmentalism
  • Environmental Humanities. Anthropocene in museums and arts.
  • Presentations. Discussion of reviews
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance +Participation (thoughtful contributions in the class)
  • non-blocking Moderation one of the seminars discussion (list of questions and discussion-leading)
  • non-blocking final essay
  • non-blocking Presentation of essays, general discussion
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Attendance +Participation (thoughtful contributions in the class) + 0.3 * final essay + 0.25 * Moderation one of the seminars discussion (list of questions and discussion-leading) + 0.2 * Presentation of essays, general discussion
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Maria Damon, Christopher Schlottmann, Dale Jamieson, Colin Jerolmack, & Anne Rademacher. (2017). Environment and Society : A Reader. NYU Press.
  • Warde, P., Sörlin, S., & Robin, L. (2013). The Future of Nature : Documents of Global Change. Yale University Press.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, & Sara B. Pritchard. (2013). New Natures : Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies. University of Pittsburgh Press.