Environmental Humanities


Course Objective

- The student has an overview of key theoretical positions within the
environmental humanities.
- The student is aware of the added value of interdisciplinary research
in approaching the complex issues of the Anthropocene.
- The student is able to explain concepts, perspectives, and theories
from their own discipline of study to facilitate interdisciplinary
- The student is able to analyze key questions in the environmental
humanities with the help of integrated perspectives, methods, or
concepts from two or more disciplines.

Course Content

The Environmental Humanities are a relatively new interdisciplinary
field of study which addresses the interrelatedness of nature and
culture, and the role of the Humanities in tackling the environmental
crisis. Students are encouraged to connect questions, issues and
methodologies from different humanities perspectives, such as art and
culture, language and literature, history and philosophy, to probe
pressing environmental concerns. Combining theoretical perspectives with
case studies from art, literature, and history, we will focus on
overarching topics such as the nature/culture divide, concepts of the
Anthropocene / Capitalocene, relations between decoloniality and
ecological thought, and posthumanist approaches to multispecies ethics.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

30% participation (presentation of articles, discussion, oral
presentations); 70 % final paper.


To be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

This course is open to MA and RMA students in a Humanities programme who
are interested in Environmental Humanities. You do not need to have
taken courses in the field of Environmental Humanities before, but it is
useful if you have some affinity with critical theory. The level of
English in this course is quite high. Please contact the course
coordinator if you wish to participate from outside the Humanities.

General Information

Course Code L_AAMPALG018
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. K. Steenbergh
Examiner dr. K. Steenbergh
Teaching Staff dr. K. Steenbergh
prof. dr. K. Kwastek

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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