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687809P Environmental and Climate History, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 687809P  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Environmental and Climate History  Abbreviation Environmental a 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline1153 Humanistic environmental studies 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

Matti Enbuske 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 




Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to display knowledge of the effects of social, political and economic actions on the environment and nature throughout history. Students will also be able to define the central characteristics of climate history and estimate the effects of climate changes on human cultures in recorded history. Students will also be able to compare processes concerning environmental history in different parts of the world and explain their cause–effect relation.


Phenomena in environmental history, from prehistory to modern day

Mode of delivery 

Independent study or contact teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Book exam and/or lectures

Target group 

Students minoring in the Environmental Studies in the Humanities

Recommended or required reading 

J. Donald Hughes, An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life (Routledge, 2001).

Brian Fagan, The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History (Basic Books, New York 2002)

Assessment methods and criteria 

Book exam, essay or corresponding lectures



Person responsible 

Matti Enbuske


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