January 18, 2018

Teaching Unit Nr.3 – Extreme Events

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) – Environmental History
David Brownstein, Klahanie Research Ltd.

This university-level teaching unit is designed to be easily scaled up or down regarding class time consumed, or difficultly, as appropriate for the individual course context. The material in this unit has a strict focus on Canada (specifically Québec), though instructors in other locations are encouraged to improvise on their own, using this module as a base, to insert a comparative element and make connections to other places or themes.

Learning goals:

  • Introduce the theme of natural hazards perception, and how these perceptions may change through time.
  • contextualize the emergence of state funded river management.
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform narratives of environmental change.
  • encourage students to connect these concepts with their own experience of the world.

This teaching unit is composed of five resources:

  1. an open source journal article, to be assigned as a reading
  2. discussion questions focused on the reading
  3. a contextual essay, around which the instructor can build their own lecture or share with Teaching Assistants working outside their area of expertise
  4. primary sources, including maps, drawings and photographs, to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor.
  5. a glossary of “Canadian” terms and concepts, to support a non-Canadian, international audience.

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