History of Ecology|
Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, International Relations|
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
This course surveys the history of the science of ecology, from Linnaeus's natural history and Darwin's theory of evolution to the origins of ecosystems ecology and population ecology in the 20th century. Simultaneously, it touches on topics such as the role of ecological knowledge in imperial expansion, the conservation movement, the establishment of parks and nature preserves, controversies over fallout and DDT, and the growth of international environmental agreements. As a result, students will learn to interpret ecology in light of the social, cultural, and political contexts of its development, from European imperialism to the Cold War, and from the rise of the welfare state to the era of free-market globalization.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CES)(CIR)(ENVS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Donald Worster, NATURE'S ECONOMY: A HISTORY OF ECOLOGICAL IDEAS, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)
|Examination and Assignments: |
In addition to brief assignments based on the readings, there will be three take-home examinations.