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AMST2607: Climate Crisis in America

Combining American history, literature, and politics, this unit examines environmental changes within and beyond the United States. It considers how different perspectives on land management, human needs, and state policies can inform the various uses of natural resources. From buffalo to agri-business, railroads to oil wells, Standing Rock to Three Mile Island, the unit uses a variety of sources to think about how people have understood their relationship with the environment. The unit asks questions about food and water supplies, conservation, urban planning, and the complex roots of the present climate emergency.

Code AMST2607
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and comprehend how various interests and decisions in the US have changed land, water, and species over time.
  • LO2. Use primary sources (including written, oral, material, data-driven, and digital sources) and secondary sources to understand ways Americans have understood their relationship with the environment.
  • LO3. Explore and explain the significance of historical and political context to the present climate emergency with attention to historical transitions and persistent patterns.
  • LO4. Analyse aspects of environmental change through the lenses of race, gender, and class, both in terms of decision makers and in terms of the effects of those decisions.
  • LO5. Compose research questions and synthesise diverse sources to build and defend a compelling position in response to those questions.
  • LO6. Reflect on how our understanding of the way patterns of production and consumption have changed might inform best approaches to the climate crisis.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.