Environmental History, 3 ECTS

Course background and definitions

Environmental History is about studies of the interactions between humans and nature in the past and how nature have Influenced humans and how humans have affected nature (Oosthoek, 2005).
You will find a good introduction to what Environmental History is in this reference: 


The scope and width of Environmental History globally is enormous, but in this course we try to select different topics on different levels, which should give you a good introduction to
Environmental History, from different perspectives.

Main course competences:
The main goal of the course is that the student, after a completed
course, will have a better understanding of why the world looks like it does today, from an
environmental perspective.
When we understand our history and the past we can make analysis
and conclusions and in the best cases we can avoid making similar mistakes again or we can
perhaps also foresee potential upcoming challenges and find better solutions for environmental problems in the future.


Course content and important topics in the course:

  • The Time Line of Environmental History
  • Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement
  • Environmental History of the Baltic Sea
  • Global History of Energy and Air Pollution
  • The Anthropocene and Human Induced Biodiversity Chang
  • History of Pollination and of Bees and other Pollination Insects
  • The Time before the Brundtland Report, to the Rio Conference, to the Paris Agreement,
    to the Global Goals and the Agenda 2030
  • Major Global, National, Regional and Local Environmental Achievements (chosen cases)


Working methods:
The course is 100% virtual, will be supported by a specific moodle site and
also regular Team meetings, which means that you can study at any place in the world where you
have access to a computer and the Internet and are able to join Teams meetings.

In this course you will investigate different topics related to environmental history and make different assignments and projects.


The duration of the course is 29th of September (Course Introduction, Teams
meeting) until December 8th (Final Project presentations and Evaluation in Teams)

Free of charge for Campusonline students.
OpenUAS costs: 45€, free of charge for unemployed, Students and Novia staff.


The course will be graded fail/pass and all assignments and projects must be
completed and approved with written reports and oral presentations during Team meetings for the final grade.


Contact person:
Lars Fridefors,
e-mail: lars.fridefors@novia.fi

Mobilephone: +358-44-7603730

Kurssin kielet



29.09.2021 - 08.12.2021


45,00 €