Environmental History OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Environmental History Course by MIT

Published Feb 11, 2009

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'Introduction to Environmental History,' a free course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), examines the ways in which people and the environment have impacted each other since Columbus. This OpenCourseWare from MIT is suited to undergraduate students majoring in History.

Introduction to Environmental History: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Environmental History: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looks at the interactions between humans and their environments from a historical perspective. The class focuses mostly on the period after 1500. The impact of animals, plants, microorganisms, topography and climate on humans is examined, as well as the impact of people on the environment. Subjects covered include the historical beginnings of today's environmental crisis, the impact of modern technology and the biological effects of Europe's colonization of the Americas. MIT Professor Harriet Ritvo teaches this free undergraduate environmental history course.

This MIT OpenCourseWare about environmental history includes handouts, lists of terms important in the readings, questions about the readings, paper assignments and examples of students' papers. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the environmental history course page.

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