EHS4010 – Welcome to the Anthropocene: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

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In this lecture series, leading scholars at UiO ask how the so-called "Anthropocene" has transformed their discipline and work. The term Anthropocene is widely used as a conceptual frame to describe the most recent era in Earth's history where humans have radically changed the planet's climate and ecosystems (Croetzen & Stoermer 2000). Drawing on current research, the lectures explore how disciplines such as biology, earth system science, history, anthropology, geography, philosophy, or law respond and can contribute to a better understanding of the current planetary crisis. At the same time, the lectures aim to engage students with possibilities for far-reaching environmental and socio-political transformations.

Recordings of the lectures from spring 2021.

Learning outcome

You will gain:

  • Interdisciplinary understanding of the current climatic and environmental crisis
  • Basic knowledge of the Anthropocene concept and its critiques
  • Insights into global and local visions for alternative ecological futures
  • The ability to understand and discuss environmental topics across disciplinary boundaries
  • Skills in communicating the environmental and climatic crisis to a broader audience


This course is part of the Environmental Humanities and Sciences (master's supplement)

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Only students enrolled in the Environmental Humanities and Sciences (master's supplement) can can gain credit points in this course.


Spring 2021: The teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19. The detailed schedule on the semester page will show which activities are offered digitally.

The lecture series consists of nine lectures from different disciplines, followed by discussions throughout the semester. Each lecture is accompanied by a short compulsory preparatory reading.

Compulsory activities:

  • At least 80 percent attendance with active participation in class (lectures and seminars), preparatory readings, and discussions.


Multiple choice questions on the topics discussed in the lectures.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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