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翻譯:馬景文(簡介並寄信)
(編註:輔助教室
編輯所設置自學書院網站設有本課程的輔助教室,內容包括部份閱讀文章的翻譯本,中文文獻連結,和自學者論壇。)
編輯:陳玉侖(簡介並寄信)

課程詳述

這課程探討歐美學者研習國內國外的大自然歷史,與具體開發大自然世界的關係,尤其集中十八和十九世紀。

課程為對環境歷史有濃厚興趣的歷史系、科學史系、和科技史系的研究生設計。課程的閱讀書目、討論和作業是要強調不同的主題和方法。課程綜覽不同時空,見諸古今名家的歷史著作,例如E. C Pielou的《冰期之後:北美洲冰封後復生》和達爾文Charles Darwin的經典《小獵犬號的航程:達爾文的考察日記》

課程要求

學生在上課前,必須閱讀多份文獻。每星期,由兩名學生主持討論課,介紹閱讀文獻的主要題目和主題。

學生需自選題目,遞交一份不少於二十頁的研究論文。每位學生必須針對期未發表的論文交一份提案,和在整個學期中報告進度。學生需在班上發表期未論文。

評分

二十頁的論文佔課程評分最大部份,課堂參與也是最後評分的重要部份。



Subject Description

This course explores the relationship between the study of natural history, both domestic and exotic, by Europeans and Americans, and concrete exploitation of the natural world, focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The course is designed for graduate students in history, the history of science, and the history of technology, who have a serious interest in environmental history. The course readings, discussion and assignments are intended to emphasize a variety of themes and approaches. The course surveys a range of places and times, such as those represented in works like E. C Pielou’s After the Ice Age: the return of life to glaciated North America, Charles Darwin’s classic Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin’s Journal of researches as well as in contemporary works of historical scholarship.

Major course themes include: the environmental effects of European imperialism; the globalization of contagious disease; mass transfer (intentional and unintentional) of species of plants, and animals between Europe and other world regions; contact between divergent cultures; and the environmental impact of modern technologies both within and outside of Europe.

Requirements

Students are required to complete lengthy readings prior to each class. Each week two students will set the stage for discussion by introducing the key questions and themes addressed in the readings.

Students are also required to submit a research paper of at least 20 pages on a topic of their choosing. Each student must present a proposal for his or her final paper and give progress reports throughout the term. Students are also required to present their final paper in class.

Grading

The 20-page paper assignment constitutes the largest part of the course grade. Class participation is also a significant part of the final grade.