‘Environmental Humanities’ Project Overview

The technologization of the environment and society is undeniable, being evident across time. Using the Environmental Humanities (EH) as a framework, the Master of Arts in Environmental Humanities programme offers a critical reflection on the historical arrangement, current practices, and future visions of technology and the environment. Popular terms such as climate change, anthropocene and technosphere will be closely analysed and unpacked. The EH programme will work to determine how these terms have been defined by the rapid technologization of the environment and humanity's extensive use of technology.  

The curriculum of the EH programme is inter- and transdisciplinary, integrating research topics across BTU's faculties. Research focus areas will include questioning the social environment in epistemological, historical, economic and sociological contexts. Accordingly, the research programme will deal with socio-technical innovation and change within society, sustainable development in the built environment, environmental change and migration, social justice and health, ethical aspects of resource management (globalisation), and any other accompanying research on developing technologies. The EH programme will also concentrate on theoretical and practice-based research that analyzes how technology and the environmental interact.

Study Focus

The field of Environmental Humanities at BTU adopts the framework of Transformation Studies (TS), and will explore the theory and praxis of technology studies and the environment. This programme is particularly geared towards students with a background in Transformation Studies and previous experience in Environmental Humanities. The EH programme at BTU will open students to career and research possibilities in the social sciences, environmental and climate politics, knowledge creation and communications, and sustainable business administration for public institutions and across international industries (CITES, MAB, etc.). The EH programme will be offered in English and is open to international applicants.