Learn how the new Environmental Humanities field is shaping how we understand environmental issues, with this free onlineÂ course.
About the course
â€œRemakeâ€ your ideas about nature
The Environmental Humanities places scientific knowledge in dialogue with the key concerns of the humanities: how people think, feel, protest, vote and create. Our main aim in this course is to consider and create new narratives about how humans and the environment relate to one another.
Weâ€™ll begin this course by identifying historical ways of thinking about the environment. Through a range of examples, weâ€™ll illustrate how â€œnatureâ€ is a human invention. Weâ€™ll then look at how the role of humans has been conceptualised in opposition to notions of nature, and assert that we were never at the centre, nor in control of the environment.
Having questioned these common â€œmodernistâ€ conceptions about nature, weâ€™ll examine some of the ways in which the natural world is being â€œremade,â€ both discursively (in the way we write, speak and think about it) and materially (for instance, in the alteration of DNA and the wholesale transformation of ecosystems).
Finally, weâ€™ll ask you to join us in creating new narratives about nature that demonstrate greater care and concern.
Explore research methods and real-world environmental concerns
Leading experts from the Environmental Humanities programme at UNSW Australiaâ€™s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will introduce you to their research in this innovative and interdisciplinary field.
By the end of this course you will:
- understand why the Environmental Humanities is critical to environmental problem-solving in this age of global environmental crisis;
- have a clear idea of a range of research methods in the Environmental Humanities;
- be aware of opportunities and challenges in this area, and how these relate to global environmental concerns;
- and develop experience in using storytelling to envision new environmental paradigms and ways forward.