HIST 497 (M1) - Explorations in Historical Perspectives

Expl Historical Perspectives

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 54890
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Nature and Environment in American History
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): HIST 497H, HIST 497W
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: Sonic Woytonik

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 T 9:10am - 12:00pm PANDRA P301
Additional Course Details: 

This course introduces key issues in environmental history in America from 1600 to present, with emphasis on long-term impacts. Changes to the physical environment shaped the direction of American politics, migration, society, and economy. American ideas about nature, wilderness, science, and geography defined the relationship between people and the land, sea, and sky. In this class, we will unpack the complicated history of the American environment to discover how the inhabitants of the continent understood and interacted with the land, plants, animals, and ecological and scientific ideas of their time. We will uncover how the environment itself was a historical agent, at times allowing and other times limiting migration, expansion, construction, and extraction. We will also give considerable attention to urban and built landscapes like Manchester, New Hampshire and the specific environmental issues they face in the modern day.