HIST 425 (01) - Foreign Cultures

FgnCultures/Energy & Society

Durham   Liberal Arts > History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Class Size:   42  
CRN: 53370
Introduces the culture of a particular nation or region; preparation for experiencing a foreign culture. Consult department for listing of topics. Course meets the History major requirement for Group II or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Full Title: Energy & Society
Equivalent(s): HIST 425H, HIST 425W
Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery)
Instructors: Fredrik Meiton

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 TR 9:40am - 11:00am HORT 201
Additional Course Details: 

TOPIC for HIST 425 - ENERGY & SOCIETY: A Global History

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course explores the historical relationship between human societies and energy. Consider the contemporary United States, for instance. Its citizens make up some 5 percent of the world’s population but account for a quarter of the world’s energy consumption. Why? Is there something in American society that predisposes it to high energy consumption, or did the high consumption make American society? In other words, what is the relationship between the political, economic, and cultural evolution of modern America, and the evolution of its energy systems? And what does that relationship look like in other parts of the world?

Over the course of the semester, we will examine the history of energy production, distribution, and consumption around the world, together with the varied and evolving sociotechnical systems built up around those activities. We will grapple with questions of technological and social determinism – whether certain technologies make certain societies inevitable, or whether perhaps it is the other way around. Each week, we will explore one or two sources of energy, and look at their impact on the societies and people involved in its generation, distribution, and consumption. We will see how energy can shed light on topics as varied as geopolitical power relations, war, labor organizing, gender roles, leisure activities, and the climate.

Course meets the History major requirement for Group III.