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Medicine on Russian-Language Social Media

Vasilyev P., Karpova Y.

In bk.: The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Bioethics. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022. Ch. 30. P. 350-360.

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Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Anthropocene

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Mago-Lego
When:
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 be able to analyze critically the literature they have read, use their knowledge in seminar discussions and in preparing final essay
  • Students will master the framework of the contemporary scholarship on the Anthropocene and will improve their intellectual potential
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Climate
  • Environment vs Nature. Rewilderning, taming and ruins of postsocialist era
  • 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
  • Landscapes of Disaster: Toxicity, Pollution
  • Invisible landscape agents and clandestine fisheries: far away from the State.
  • Multispecies Ethnography and Critical Posthumanities
  • 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 or project
    The final outcome of the Anthropocene course can be an essay or a draft of an article, or a more creative or activist project related to an exhibition project, a research project application, etc.
  • non-blocking Presentation of essay or project, general discussion
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.25 * Moderation one of the seminars discussion (list of questions and discussion-leading) + 0.125 * Attendance +Participation (thoughtful contributions in the class) + 0.2 * Presentation of essay or project, general discussion + 0.3 * Final essay or project
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.