NORAM4508 – Environment, Technology & Culture in North America
This course explores two related questions: first, how has the interaction of environment and society been conceptualized? Second what are the alternate environmental philosophies that support and shape the work of environmental historians, philosophers and social scientists who seek to understand the interaction of environment and society? The first issue is vetted by looking at three different examples by American historians of how to conceptualize techno-environmental interaction. These are classic studies that encompass colonization of the New World, the development of industrial agriculture and the perfection of massive water delivery systems in the arid West. The studies are important to understanding the shaping of the North American environment as a whole, but in addition each study proposes a distinctive understanding of environment offering us the opportunity to analyze the theoretical foundation of each work. Two additional volumes will discuss environmental philosophies from the perspective of cultural comparison (with India) and through histories of environmental ideas in the USA and elsewhere.
Insight into American society, both historical and present, based on the influence of enironment on the devopment of North American culture and society. Expanded critical and analytical skills, through both reading material and written work.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to the master program in North American area studies, LAP or other relevant master programs.
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that you have taken NORAM2585 – Restoring the Earth/Renewing Culture: Critical Evaluations of the Green American Tradition (continued).
The class meets four times in the course of the semester for a discussion of the readings. Students are responsible for bringing questions and comments to the discussion meetings.
The evaluation is based on a four hour school exam.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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