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Environmental History

This course will focus on the history of humankind’s relationship with the environment. We use the word “environment” to refer to the nonhuman components of the natural world. We will examine how environmental factors have shaped the development and growth of civilizations around the world and analyze how these civilizations have altered their environments in positive and negative ways. The course will be structured chronologically. Each unit will include representative primary-source documen...

Topics: General History
Cost: Free

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This course will focus on the history of humankind’s relationship with the environment. We use the word “environment” to refer to the nonhuman components of the natural world. We will examine how environmental factors have shaped the development and growth of civilizations around the world and analyze how these civilizations have altered their environments in positive and negative ways. The course will be structured chronologically. Each unit will include representative primary-source documents that illustrate important overarching themes, such as how early humans adapted natural resources for new purposes, how the expansion of civilizations led to environmental changes, how the interaction between European explorers and Native Americans led to significant and unexpected environmental consequences, and how modern societies have responded to environmental problems that threaten the well-being of humans and the environment. By the end of the course, you will better understand the reciprocal relationship between human beings and the environment and how this relationship has evolved throughout human history.Notes:Most audio resources have alternative written transcripts (except for YouTube resources that are not close-captioned for the hearing impaired).Typescript pagination is different from published work. A typescript will be 1/3 to 1/2 longer than the same document will be when published. Please take this into account when noting page lengths of assignments.

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: General History

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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