In the 21st century, as the world is increasingly aware of the pressing concerns facing nature and humanity, interdisciplinary training for understanding the relationship between human societies and nature is critically important.
The 2 year master's program in Global Environmental History provides students with advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge on the relationship between people and nature, from the perspective of the social sciences and the humanities. It is designed to give analytical skills necessary for critical and independent studies in this field. Students can be integrated into larger research projects and have opportunities for fieldwork around the world. The broad research directions in this programme is unified by the importance of history in addressing or understanding present day challenges and in providing new ways of envisioning the future.
Global Environmental History is an emerging subject that incorporates several traditional disciplines. As such, it is well hosted in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History with its long tradition of interdisciplinarity. Global Environmental History incoorporating crossdisciplinary fields such as Historical Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Political Ecology and Science and Technology Studies. The programme builds on the intergration of research & education where students are regarded as young researchers. Research & education build on a theoretical and practical understanding of the tools, methodologies and philosophies of interdisciplinarity. In addition, whether it comes to processes of change, representation or discourse, the integration of humans-nature lies at the core of most of our research.
The programme is international and interdisciplinary. The language of instruction is English.
A degree is 120 credits and you can choose between a 45 and 60 credit thesis. You may also include internships of 7,5-15 credits. The final Ma thesis is examined at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
In the programme, the definition of history is broad allowing for a truly innovative environment when it comes to developing methodologies for diachronic studies: ranging from understanding the history of the discourse and framing of climate change, to much longer time scales, as tracing the longer history of a feature, practices or debate, or the long term historical ecology of a place or a landscape. Landscape and Bio-Cultural Heritage studies are important research strands, enabled by the GIS laboratory and unique competence in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. Dissemination and pedagogics in environmental education and environmental history are also possible research strands.
The programme builds on Active Student Participation & student led learning, following the 25 year long tradition of Cemus. Opportunities to build experiences include mentoring younger generations of students, organising and building courses and extracurricular teaching activities exist with independent student organisations such as Ekolibria.