This module explores the course of human history, examining the interaction of people with the environment, moving through the different stages of human development, from early agrarian based developments in the Neolithic 9000 years ago, through to modern agricultural practices and landscape management. The following topics and concepts are introduced and examined:
Landscape geography, cultural ecology and environmental history.
Philosophical insights into environmental history, how have societies viewed and understood the environment.
Agriculture and the environment, long term perspectives and present day issues i.e. the environmental impact of hunting and gathering societies.
The agricultural revolution of the Neolithic and its impact, the impact of pre-industrial agriculture and some environmental issues raised by contemporary agriculture.
An ecological history of industrialisation and population growth, i.e. population resources and environment in an industrialised world.
Perils of a restless planet: an introduction to hazard research.
The module uses wide ranging literature and case studies to explore a range of human-environment interactions (fuel, food, water, culture and space), exploring how human activities have modified, and been modified, by their environments, and how sudden changes whether natural or human induced have changed this relationship.
This module has proven popular over the years and is of relevance and interest to both social scienceand physical science based students.