Environmental History

Foundation Course Humanities and Science

Academic year: 2023-24
Course: Foundation Course Humanities/ Science

Teacher: Elisa Tizzoni

Period: first semester
Credits: 3
Number of hours: 24

Language of instruction: English


This course aims to introduce students to methodological issues and case studies in environmental history, by paying particular attention to the Modern age (1789-today) and the Western world.

The goal is therefore to prepare students for further study in environmental history and, broadly speaking, provide tools for a better understanding of the historical roots of environmental issues in our society.

By the end of the course, students will become familiar with major achievements of environmental history and the main environmental phenomena affecting the Western world in the last two centuries.


Firstly, the course will provide a brief overview on the most relevant sources and approaches

available for research on environmental history and will afford an insight into the multifaceted

concept of “environment”. Then, the course will examine different dimensions and consequences of key facts and long-term environmental phenomena affecting the Western world from the late 18th century to the end of the 1980s.


Students will be provided with primary and secondary sources (including written documents, art, graphs, maps, and statistical information) and academic texts.


Powerpoint presentations, selected articles and sources provided by the Teacher

Grade components

Attendance and participation (30%)

Final exam (70%).

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