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Anthropocene

2022/2023
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

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.