Spring 2022

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

[TE/TR/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 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Melillo.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to History and Environmental Studies Majors

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2021-22: Offered in Spring 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2020