Climate and society is a growing area of emphasis in several Fall 2018 courses. Michael Dove’s “Climate and Society from Past to Present” explores historical and contemporary modes of thought on the climate, climate change, and society. Harvey Weiss’s “Global Environmental History” charts the relationship between environmental and social forces from the Pleistocene to the present. Joseph Manning’s “Climate, Environment, and Ancient History” is an overview of recent scholarship in paleoclimatology, with an emphasis on new climate proxy records and how they can be used in historical analysis. Douglas Kysar’s “Climate Change and Animal Law” charts the intersection of animal welfare, environmentalism, food policy, and climate change.
In other courses, students have the opportunity to explore the intersections between climate and literature and popular culture. In Katja Lindskog’s “Climate Change and the Humanities,” students read literary, political, historical, and religious texts to better understand the relationship between everyday individual experience and our rapidly changing natural world. “Hiroshima to Fukushima: Ecology and Culture in Japan,” taught by Stephen Poland, explores how Japanese literature, cinema, and popular culture have engaged with questions of environment, ecology, pollution, and climate change, from Hiroshima to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
For more information and full list of environmental humanities course offerings, visit https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/courses.