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Environmental Humanities - Human places in environmental contexts

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

About the course

The course aims to give the student a multi- and interdisciplinary introduction to central questions and traditions in the emerging research field of environmental humanities. The central theme of the course is the relation between people and places in the ongoing changes of environment and societies, which is reflected in the course literature and examinations. The course examines how human frameworks of understanding, ways of life, and cultural expressions are shaped through the tensions between global and place-based perspectives on environmental and sustainability issues. The student learns to apply environmental humanities' perspectives on environmental and sustainability challenges, among others, by referring to history of ideas, discursive analytical, ecocritical and environmental ethical arguments. This includes a critical reflection on how places are constructed, and how this affects different groups in society. In order to analyze these relations, this course builds on theories and approaches in the field of environmental humanities. Thereby, this course provides the students with a multifaceted understanding of how the humanities' perspectives on the environment can contribute to create sustainable societies.

Application and eligibility

Environmental Humanities - Human places in environmental contexts, 7.5 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


29 August 2022


31 October 2022

Study location




Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of other meetings


Outline for distance course

Technical requirements  
*    Regular, reliable, high speed internet access  
*    A computer (laptop or stationary) with a webcam (built in or external)  
*    A microphone, preferably a headset with microphone 

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS courses in one subject, including a degree project (15 ECTS), or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. Entry requirements


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 19 April 2022. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 11,625

Total fee

SEK 11,625

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