History 5543: Nature and Society in the Industrial World: Global Environmental History since Industrialization
This course examines the relationships between people and their environments from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. It considers the global ecological consequences of industrialization and the growing human footprint on Earth from a historical perspective, drawing from the field of environmental history.
Through a number of different nineteenth- and twentieth-century case studies of industrialized societies around the world, students will examine the ways in which humans interacted with the rest of nature. In particular, this course looks at the extraordinary influence of humans on global ecosystems over the past 160 years that has led scholars to characterize this period as the Anthropocene, the beginning of a distinct geological and ecological epoch.
Course director: Dr. Jennifer Bonnell (with a link to my webpage http://jenniferbonnell.com/ and my faculty page http://people.laps.yorku.ca/people.nsf/researcherprofile?readform&shortname=bonnellj)