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HIST 285: Environmental History of Hawai‘i (3 credits)

Course Description

This course investigates human interactions with the natural world in the Hawaiian Islands. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from history, geography, anthropology and the natural sciences. Topics covered will include island biogeography and evolution; the natural and human histories of Hawai‘i; Hawaiian and American attitudes toward the environment; the impact of introduced diseases, plants and animals in Hawai‘i. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for HIST 151 or HIST 152 or consent of the instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe cause and effect relationships in the interaction between humans and their environment.
  • Understand global processes as humans, plants, animals and diseases move around the world.
  • Investigate traditional Hawaiian attitudes toward nature.
  • Understand the evolution of American attitudes toward nature.
  • Apply outcomes 1 through 4 to historical events specific to Hawai'i and the Windward side of O'ahu.
  • Acquire a sense of historical perspective for current environmental problems.

Degrees and Certificates

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    Taught as an experimental course (HIST297)

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