Courses



What it is: the ASLE “teach” tab provides sample course syllabi and a limited number of teaching resources, such as access to ASLE online bibliography and links to other sustainability/environmental education resources. There are no resources directly pertaining to DH/DEH


Format: three pages:
-in-depth descriptions of existing EH courses
-a list of syllabi of EH courses
-a list of links to bibliographies and institutions


Comments: similarly to NiCHE’s teaching resources page, the ASLE course syllabi is useful in identifying courses that incorporate DH tools. However, on its own, the ASLE “teach” section does not directly address anything relating to the integration of digital tools.




What it is: an Ecomedia course taught at Auburn by Alicia Carroll. “This course centers on mid to late twentieth and early twenty-first century American films that explore conflicts between culture, the
environment, and technology”.


Format: despite the automatic incorporation of DH tools by virtue of this being a film course, a large chunk of the course work required by students is based in the DH. One of the primary goals of the course is to understand film/video as a storytelling medium, and to analyze how environmental discourse is portrayed in film.


Comments: this course “softly” incorporates DH into an inherently EH discipline. It’s a good example of studying the role of DH in EH.




What it is: an environmental history course at the University of New Brunswick taught by Mark McLaughlin. “We will be using Environmental History (EH) to reframe the traditional Canadian historical narrative. Besides examining EH topics, we will also discuss how to "do" EH”


Format: typical course format of textbook-based readings and essays- but with a 30% DEH project (!)


Comments: this was the only pedagogical tool found that addressed DEH directly. Students are required to create their own “digital environmental histories” centered around some aspect of Canadian environmental history. The instructor teaches not only the topic of EH, but also how to “do” EH and gives students the chance to try it out for themselves.




What it is: an EH course at the University of New Brunswick by Richard Pickard. “BC literature provides an exceptional opportunity to explore the cultural manifestations of contemporary environmental issues"


Format: typical course format, with a Wikipedia project. Students must either create or edit a live Wikipedia entry concerning a BC environmental writer. According to the instructor, many existing entries are categorized as “stubs requiring additional info”- students are asked to make the entries more detailed and valuable.


Comments: a couple of the EH courses found included online components such as Twitter discussions and online blogs. But we felt that this course in particular was worth adding to the list as the instructor was using the online component in an out-of-the-box manner. It’s interesting how the Wikipedia project has an impact not only in terms of students learning how the utility of digital tools in EH studies, but also in terms of improving the availability/dissemination of EH content to wider audiences.



What it is: an environmental humanities course at McMaster University taught by Susie O'Brien. “This course [examines] the representation of nature in a variety of contemporary texts, with the aim of critically analyzing its conflicting resonances and some of the beliefs, values, fears and desires that inform them"


Format: a 'blended' course, with some lectures made available in video format online. Students are required to submit short assignments that are then shared on the course's online blog.




What it is: an upcoming themed course to be taught at Simon Fraser University by Margaret Linley as part of ENGL 833, Studies in Victorian Literature. "This course will take up the challenge of understanding what’s at stake in the systemic presence of ecological metaphors circulating throughout digital culture today and especially in the field of digital humanities"

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