HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Fall 2023, Section 002 - Stories from Deep Time
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

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:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Description

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.

Schedule

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
24228
Open
16
4Y1
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
002 (SEM)
 In Person
24229
Open
18
6Y1
12Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
28360
Open
16
4Y1
13Enrollment Management
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
29678
Open
18
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
005 (SEM)
 In Person
29679
Open
14
2Y1
12Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
006 (SEM)
 In Person
34919
Open
5
2Y1
3Enrollment Management
-
TBA
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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