Empire, Science and the Environment

Module code: 904V1B
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The inter-relationship of Science and Empire has become a major field of historical research, involving such sub-disciplines or fields as as the natural sciences, technology, exploration, and race and ideology. Historians commonly address questions such as the utility of science to the practice and maintenance of empire, the diffusion of knowledge, the mutual influences of the metropole and the `periphery', and the role of umbrella organisations such as commonwealth universities, botanical gardens, the Royal Society, and the British Association.

This module explores these key concerns, tailored to the researching strengths of the course tutor.

Module learning outcomes

  • Display a broad knowledge of the approaches to environmental history, the history of science and of empire, with particular reference to the 'British World' since the scientific revolution.
  • Display a specialised knowledge of major developments in the scientific, social and environmental history of the British Empire and the interaction of various zones and regions within it over time.
  • Display oral and written skills of clarity, rigour, precision and concision in the presentation and criticism of arguments and positions.
  • Display the ability to engage in reasoning of an abstract, theoretical and conceptual nature, and to understand and deploy appropriate technical terminology.