Fall 2013

Commodities, Nature and Society

Listed in: History, as HIST-411

Formerly listed as: HIST-91

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Edward D. Melillo (Section 01)

Description

[C] Participants in this seminar will explore the environmental and social histories of nine commodities: sugar, silver, silk, coffee, tobacco, sneakers, microchips, units of bandwidth, and the human body. Each of these commodities represents a complex array of linkages among producers, consumers, and intermediaries over time and space. Readings draw upon the disciplines of history, ecology, anthropology, and geography to place these commodities in their social, environmental, and spatial contexts. One of our aims is to understand the changing roles of natural systems and the divisions of labor that underlie the long-term processes of globalization.  One class meeting per week.

Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Melillo.

Keywords

Writing attentive

Offerings

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2013
 

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