6112 - Environmental History
Course information
Environmental History
Course number
Academic year
History and Social Sciences
BSSc in Politics and Administration, BSSc in Social Sciences, BA in History, Small Nations and Globalisation
Upper secondary education or equivalent qualification.
Language of instruction
The course is taught in Faroese. Instructional materials are in Scandinavian languages, Faroese and English. Lectures, exercises, presentations etc. are in Faroese.
Students on the fourth semester of Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and Administration, Bachelor of Social Science in Social Science, Bachelor of Arts in History, Small Nations and Globalisation and applicants for an individual course apply via the Faculty of History and Social Sciences Office.
Beginning date
Thursday, February 2, 2023
End date
Friday, April 28, 2023
Academic content
The purpose of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge, concepts, and analytical tools to understand the historical roots to contemporary environmental problems, as well as tools to describe and analyze changes in nature, culture, society, and politics from the perspective of environmental history, and their implications for long-term sustainability and human well-being.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students must demonstrate that they are able to: • Describe how environmental history developed as a transdisciplinary field, mainly during the past half century. • Describe main approaches in environmental history. • Explain the role and significance of culture and perceptions of nature on economic practices and ways to exploit nature. • Describe and analyze how environmental change has impacted society, politics, and culture and vice versa. • Describe and analyze the interrelations between sustainability, human well-being, and the environment in a long-term perspective.
• Basic concepts and approaches in environmental history. • The development of the field of environmental history. • Global environmental history. • Environmental and cultural determinism in historical understanding. • Perceptions of nature, economy, and environmental change through time. • Sustainability, human well-being, and environmental change in a long-term perspective. • Modernity, energy, consumption, and climate change. • Agriculture/fisheries and the environment. • Ecological imperialism/ecologies of empire.
Learning and teaching approaches
Learning and teaching in the course is facilitated through lectures, student presentations and smaller group exercises.
Assessment method
Written home assignment/paper.
Examination (internal/external)
Grading scale
Exam date/dates
The written home assignment is due for submission on 21 April 2023.
Deadline for withdrawal from exam
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Academic responsibility and teachers
Academic responsibility
Ragnheiður Bogadóttir
Ragnheiður Bogadóttir, Tráin Petursson Nónklett