November 21, 2017

Teaching Unit Nr.4 – Downwind, Downstream, Downtown: Ecological Footprint Analysis

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 comparative focus on Canada and the United States (specifically Montréal and Baltimore), though instructors in other locations are encouraged to improvise on their own, using this module as a base, to extend the comparative element or to make connections to other places or themes.

Learning goals:

  • Introduce the theme of ecological footprint analysis as a means to structure
    historical narrative
  • contextualize the production of urban waste
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform urban historical geography
  • 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 instructors can build their own lecture, or share
    with Teaching Assistants who may be working outside of their area of expertise
  4. primary sources, to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor
  5. a glossary of terms and concepts critical to understanding the article

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