Environmental History: Gondwana to Global Warming
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past.
Identify and interpret a wide variety of primary and secondary materials.
Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
- • What is Environmental History?
- • From Gondwana to Australia- What underpinned the extinction of this ancient land’s most distinctive fauna - humans or nature?
- • First Nations custodianship and Australia's environmental history.
- • Second Nations people seize the land- the impact of pastoralism and mining.
- • Acclimatisation, 'pest' species, and ideas of nature.
- • Fire, Flood and drought- How successfully have settlers adjusted to the forces of climate, soil and water?
- • Wilderness, environmental activism and the Anthropocene.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level one subjects.
No additional requirements
Ancient Gondwana evolved over forty millennia into several continents including Australia. Since European settlement, the human impact on land, massive species extinction, and climate change, pose threats to the continent's fragile ecology. You will consider Australia's early geological history; Indigenous land use; competing ideas of land use among early settlers; and how various forms of land use shaped, and changed the environment. We also explore how Australian environments shaped humans. You will examine settlement as an artefact of colonialism and Empire, and how environmental thinking impacted on Australia and shaped its participation in global environmental movements. You will research environmental history in local and global contexts.
- Contribution to group report (1000 words equivalent) (25%)
- One 2000 word research essay (50%)
- One 1000 word reflective essay (25%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.