HIST 654 (01) - Topics in History of Science

Topics in History of Science

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56559
Advanced study of a selected topic in the history of European science since the Renaissance. Course meets the History major requirement for Group II.
Section Comments: Full Title: Weather and Climate in History.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Instructors: Jan Golinski

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 MW 12:10pm - 1:30pm HORT 215
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HIST 654

Storms, blizzards, floods, hurricanes, droughts … These weather emergencies can greatly disrupt people’s lives.  Are they also signs that the climate is changing?  How would we know?  In this class, we turn to history for answers.  We will examine episodes of extreme weather in Europe and America in the last three centuries and consider how the climate has changed over that period.  We will focus on people’s attempts to adapt to and understand the atmospheric changes that affect their lives.  Knowing more about this history will help us appreciate why climate change is now such a crucial and contested issue, one that bears upon the future of humanity as a whole but also reflects our divergent opinions and interests.