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    Macalester College
  Feb 19, 2018
College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 239 - Farm and Forest: AFrican Environmental History

In this course we will explore the complex interaction between the African physical world or “nature” (plants, soils, water, climate) and “culture” or human society over time, from the pre-colonial through the colonial period to present. We will also seek to understand the meanings (including cultural and symbolic meanings) associated with the African natural world, both for African societies and for non-Africans who have lived, worked, or been engaged with the continent. We will delve into historical controversies about land use. population growth, wildlife conservation, desertification and other topics. Each student will gain insight into a particular historical issue or case study through an independent research project. Offered alternate years. (4 Credits)