L&S Curricular Connections

Big Ideas Courses

Anthropology C12AC / Environmental Science, Policy, and Management C22AC

Fire: Past, Present and Future Interactions with the People and Ecosystems of California

Historical Studies; Social & Behavioral Sciences

The course presents a diachronic perspective on human-fire interactions with local ecosystems in California that spans over 10,000 years. The course will provide an historical perspective on human-fire interactions at the landscape scale using a diverse range of data sources drawn from the fields of fire ecology, biology, history, anthropology, and archaeology. An important component includes examining how diverse cultures and ethnicity influenced how people perceived and used fire at the landscape scale in ancient, historical and modern times. The implications of these diverse fire practices and policies will be analyzed and the consequences they have had for transforming habitats and propagating catastrophic fires will be explored.

Terms Offered

  • Fall 2022
  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2018
Kent Lightfoot faculty profile
Kent Lightfoot (Anthropology)
Scott Stephens faculty profile
Scott Stephens (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management)