HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Section: 002 Stories from Deep Time
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What happens to our understanding of the present when we think about history on time scales of tens of thousands of years rather than one or two generations? “Stories from Deep Time” ponders this question from the perspectives of the history of science, environmental history, anthropology, and science fiction. We will debate when human history begins; explore controversies over the scientific discovery of “lost worlds” and “deep time” three centuries ago; see how the invention of precise radiocarbon dating technologies fueled speculative debates over human’s role in the extinction of mammoths and giant ground sloths; reveal the religious tropes unconsciously embedded in secular natural history; evaluate the role of climate change in human history; and compare how scientists and science fiction authors use data from deep time to imagine future worlds. In the Anthropocene—the geologic epoch in which humans have become the primary drivers of change in the Earth system—the question of when human history begins is inevitably bound up with the question of when it will end.

Intended Audience:

This first year seminar is perfect for humanities students fascinated by the natural sciences and vice versa.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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21284
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15
3Y1
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
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30488
Open
13
1Y1
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (SEM)
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30489
Open
16
4Y1
12Enrollment Management
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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