• Course deals with the changes in the environment during/because of human history
• Not just history, not just environment
• Human history is complex, environment is complex, subject is complex
• Difficulties of connection people to environment over time
• People and environment in different scholarly silos, need to connect
• The big picture of humanity at the moment is of globally-scaled environmental crisis
• Environmental history is one way of talking about how we got here
• And probably involved in moving forward
• Sustainably or unsustainably
• Environmental history a huge topic, more of an approach to history, environment
• We face globally-scaled environmental crisis. What is the point of looking at environmental history?
• What is Environmental History?
• What way of looking at the environment does environmental history offer?
• We are probably not interested in specific readings
• We are interested in overall understanding
• Some case-study/example material would be useful, can come from wherever
• Key issue in essay design is to figure out the strategy for writing the essay
• What is(are) the real issue(s) in the essay
• Purpose of the introduction is to set up the key questions/issues the essay will address
• Rest of the essay executes the plan