Aims/Description: This unit examines the development of theories in environmental, biological and archaeological disciplines in an historical and philosophical context. Where appropriate, case histories of particular controversies will be used to explore controversies and examine the impact that particular theories have had across disciplines. Examples of areas explored will include the history of evolution ideas and the development and influences of whole-Earth theories. Also considered will be the varying philosophical approaches to how human societies developed and interacted in the past. The influence of cultural context on theoretical developments will be explored, together with the extension of ideas beyond their original scope.

Staff Contact: Julie Cook
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Essay plan 20% (500words), Essay 50% (2,000 words)

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