HIST 2910 O - A History of Oil

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The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

A lecture course on a special topic, theme, or period. Topic varies from year to year. 2019 Topic: A History of Oil

In this completely online course, students will explore the history of oil from the ancient period to the present day. The course will use a transnational approach designed to introduce students to the interconnected histories of oil in countries across the world. Specifically, students will follow a series of themes as they move through the course – science, technology, culture, and conflict – which will guide their learning of the key people, places, and processes that have constituted the history of oil. By the end of the course, students will have an introductory understanding of oil and the ways in which the resource has shaped both the past and the present. The goal of this online course is to equip learners from all disciplines with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about oil and its future.

CRN for section O: 21262

Instructor: Ian Wereley

Ian Wereley

About the instructor: I am a doctoral candidate studying energy transitions and the cultural history of oil. My SSHRC-funded dissertation project explores Britain’s transition from coal to oil power, and uses understudied sources such as cartoons, advertisements, maps, theatrical productions, and travelling exhibitions to reconstruct the attitudes and experiences of early twentieth century Britons in the process of becoming modern oil consumers. My work seeks to demonstrate how these histories offer important lessons for navigating our own changing energy landscapes, and sits at the intersection of history, geography, and the energy humanities. I live in Aylmer, Quebec, and enjoy hiking, photography, guitar, and Shetland Sheepdogs.

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