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The Politics of Nature: Sustaining the British Environment 1600 to the Present (HIC3307)

30 credits

In this module you will study the ways in which the idea of nature has been used ideologically to justify environmental transformations since the late eighteenth century to the present day. You will look at the contradictory effects of those transformations in terms of pollution, resource degradation etc. You will critically engage with the emergence of the themes of environment and sustainability, and the ideological implication of such terms. You will investigate the origins of environmentalism and conservation as the consequences of capitalist efforts to manage and produce nature. This module will enable you to demonstrate how useful a critical historical perspective is to understanding and addressing the roots of contemporary environmental issues.