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HIST210 War and Environment

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This course examines the role of environmental issues in causing war, the impact of war on various environments, and the role of the environment in determining the outcomes of conflict.

While the first and concluding parts of the paper canvass a more global coverage in different eras, the rest focuses on World War Two's impact, mainly in the Pacific Islands.

Paper title War and Environment
Paper code HIST210
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Professor Judith Bennett

Tucker, Richard P. and Edmund Russell, eds. "Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward an Environmental History of Warfare." Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004.

Bennett, Judith Ann. "Natives and Exotics: Environment and World War Two in the Southern Pacific Islands." Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Develop an ability to see inter-relationships between war and environment with an intellectual openness to data and information from other disciplines
  • Master essential research skills using written and visual sources

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system