STS 4251

STS 4251

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Climate change is old news. Human societies have been debating and coping with climatic changes since long before the (relatively) recent advent of massive-scale greenhouse gas emissions. In this seminar, we will immerse ourselves in scholarly debates about the role of climate change in causing social, economic, cultural, and political changes. For instance, did the Little Ice Age spark sixteenth-century witch-hunts in Europe? We will also delve into case studies focusing on historical climate beliefs and their significance. How did climate theory legitimize French colonialism in the Maghreb? Throughout the course, we will discuss how climate history can inform contemporary climate change discourse and activism.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 4255

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17936 STS 4251   SEM 101