HIST 425 (01) - Foreign Cultures

Foreign Cultures

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Online Asynchronous
Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2024 - Summer Session IV (06/24/2024 - 07/26/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 70848
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.
Equivalent(s): HIST 425H, HIST 425W
Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery), Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Instructors: Fredrik Meiton

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
6/24/2024 7/26/2024 Hours Arranged ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

This asynchronous course explores the historical relationship between human societies and energy. Today, the United States 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? And what does the relationship between politics, culture, and energy 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, and how it has impacted the world we live in. We will grapple with questions of 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.


All readings will be available on Canvas.