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Themes in environmental humanities

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.


We are once again inviting applications for a 5-day intensive master class on museums and environmental humanities. The course will be digital/arranged in Stavanger, Norway, by University of Stavanger. This year's subject will be: "Doing Environmental Humanities in a Digital World.". The course awards 5 ECTS upon completion. Students will be given a reading list of material to be read before the class.

Learning outcome

Knowledge
Students develop an understanding of:
  • select transdisciplinary research theories, methods, and approaches in environmental humanities.
  • Different communication channels for environmental humanities research


Skills
By the end of the course students will be able to
  • Critically apply appropriate environmental humanities theories and methods to a case study
  • Create narratives to reach audiences outside of academia, including in digital delivery formats.
  • Read and reflect upon academic literature beyond their home disciplinary field


Competencies
By the end of the course students will be able to:
  • Engage with public environmental concerns
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating complex environmental humanities issues in understandable ways
  • Follow rigorous scholarly practice, including research ethics

Contents

Environmental humanities is a relatively new but rapidly expanding radically transdisciplinary endeavour that complements environmental science and public policy.
Environmental humanities focuses on the cultural, historical, artistic and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Rather than being a discipline, environmental humanities has been characterized as a “global intellectual movement” and a “new interdisciplinary matrix”. Although environmental humanities as a field grows out of individual humanities disciplines working on environmental issues, environmental humanities is not an umbrella term that simply collects existing disciplinary-based research; rather, environmental humanities combines humanistic perspectives and fields to create shared points of reference. Environmental humanities broadly investigates the human-environment relationship, producing critical work, reflecting on scientific developments, and engaging in new and creative ways with natureculture transformations.
This course will focus on a specific theme, selected each time the course is offered, to explore the transdisciplinary nature of the environmental humanities. This is not an introductory course, but one that delves deep into a particular theme, drawing on a multitude of perspectives and approaches to extract complex and nuanced understandings. The course will be taught over five intensive days, using a combination of external guest lecturers that are international experts in their fields, UiS faculty members, site visits, and student project work. The course emphasizes collaborative learning and project-based methodologies that connect theory, method, and practice. Students will have preparatory mandatory reading prior to the course meeting and project completion activities afterwards.

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Exam

Public project and essay
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Public project1/25 daysPass - FailAll.
Essay1/25 daysPass - FailAll.
The students will produce a public-facing project that connects their own work with the course theme, and they will write a 3000-word essay that reflects on the process of producing the public-facing project.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Finn Arne Jørgensen , Dolly Jørgensen

Method of work

Coursework requirements:
Mandatory participation in the five course days.

Format:
Intensive five-day seminar.

Open to

Students enrolled in a doctoral programme at recognized universities anywhere in the world. Applicants may be turned down due to limitations on the number of places (15-20). Students affiliated with a partner institution of the Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities will be prioritized.

Course assessment

An evaluation form in accordance with the expectations in the UiS quality system will be made available to the candidates after the completion of the course. The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation

Literature

To be published with each specific course theme. The reading list will be picked in collaboration between external guest lecturers and local conveners. The literature list will consist of approximately 500 words.


This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 27.09.2020

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