Instructor: William Knight

This course will provide students with the historical context for understanding contemporary environmental issues in Canada. We will examine four interconnected themes—conservation, industrialization, urbanization, environmentalism—and consider how people’s ideas about nature and the environment have changed over time. Topics will include national parks, wildlife science, industrial fisheries, hydroelectricity development, and climate change.

The course consists of one three-hour class each week, with a mixture of lectures, videos, discussions, hands-on projects, and field trips. We will also look at primary sources such as photographs, documents, and artifacts, and learn how to critically engage with them.

Evaluation will be based on regular small writing assignments, a research essay, and a final take-home exam.