Environmental Humanities 
Minor a.y. 2022/2023

What is a Minor

A Minor is a complementary path to a Bachelor’s Degree Programme which allows you to broaden your main study field by developing cross-cutting skills that are useful both for your further education and for your career.

A Minor is composed of three modules of 6 ECTS each. By passing the three Minor exams; you will get a certification and an Open badge.

Objectives and contents

The Minor aims to introduce students of every Bachelor’s Degree Programme to a new academic area that addresses the urgent planetary environmental crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective. EH, which have been studied for about a decade in Anglo-Saxon countries, are a broad and rapidly growing field of study based on a dialogue and mutual exchange among the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences. The underlying project is to shed light on the cultural dimensions of the ecological crisis, interpreting them from both a critical and creative perspective. The dialogue among literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, cinema, the arts, social sciences and natural sciences produces knowledge that not only analyses the ways in which the environment has been conceived in relation to humanity, but also promotes a different, more inclusive, critical and sustainable culture. Ca' Foscari offers the first Master's Degree in EH in Italy and has a dedicated research centre, so it provides students who choose this Minor further intellectual stimulation and opportunities.

The courses, which do not require any specific core competence other than that of any Bachelor’s Degree Programme, are structured as follows.

  1. The first module offers a general introduction to the subject, its themes, keywords, key scholars, and related academic and cultural debates. Alongside this overview, students will be offered individual lectures by guest lecturers who will, from time to time, introduce specific perspectives on different aspects and topics of Environmental Humanities.
  2. The second module is historical and will focus on two crucial centuries, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which are those coinciding with the new era of the Anthropocene, in which human beings have become a factor capable of drastically changing the climate and the entire biosphere. The historical analysis focuses on the necessary interaction between technical progress and social impact, showing how science is not an autonomous domain but an integral part of the dynamics of society.
  3. The third module is philosophical and focuses on environmental aesthetics, analysing the basic categories of aesthetics and their relationship to the perception of nature and the multiple functions of art in conceptualising, experiencing and reconfiguring natural phenomena.

Language

This Minor is taught in Italian.

Coordinator

Professor Shaul Bassi

Modules of the Minor

Academic year 2022/2023

Recipients and credits recognition

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is possible to enrol as an external user, with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp), reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp) if you are enrolled in another university.

If you are an undergraduate student at Ca’ Foscari, this Minor can be recognised in the elective course section of your Bachelor’s Degree. Final marks will not affect the average of your degree.

Enrolment, attendance and exams

The enrolment procedure will be available from 16 January to 17 February 2023. There is not a maximum number of participants.

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students. Before enrolling you must have finalised your enrolment in your Bachelor’s Degree Programme, otherwise you will be charged a 496 euros fee (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp).

IMPORTANT: Withdrawing from Minor is possible. Please, be aware that enrolling again, after the withdrawal will be at your expense.

You can enrol in the Minor in the academic year you prefer: during the first, the second or the third year of your Bachelor’s Degree Programme. In order to attend the three modules, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol in the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year. It is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the four exam sessions available. You will not be allowed to complete the Minor path the following year.

By passing the three Minor exams you will get a certification and an Open Badge. The ECTS obtained may be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course once you have passed the exams: please check the website to understand if this applies to you and how to enrol.

If you fail one or more exams in your Minor, you will still be entitled to receive the certification for the exams you passed, but the credits of the Minor will not be recognised in the elective course section of your degree programme.

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students, but it cannot be recognised in the elective course section of your Master's Degree Programme. Before enrolling you must have finalised your enrolment in your Bachelor’s Degree Programme, otherwise you will be charged a 496 euros fee (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp).

If you are regularly enrolled at Ca' Foscari university when you enrol in the Minor path, you can complete it even after your graduation, but you have to take the exams in the four exam sessions available. IMPORTANT: Withdrawing from Minor is possible. Please, be aware that enrolling again, after the withdrawal will be at your expense.

In order to attend the three modules, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol in the Minor path. Enrolment lasts one year. It is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the four exam sessions available. You will not be allowed to complete the Minor path the following year.

By passing the three Minor exams you will get a certification and an Open Badge. If you fail one or more exams in your Minor you will still be entitled to receive the certification for the exams you passed, but not the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.

External users, not enrolled to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, can enrol to the Minor with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp).

If you are a student in another university, the fee is reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp). At the end of the enrolment process, stop before you make the payment and click on Request for assistance in order to get in touch with the Enrolment unit. Ca’ Foscari staff will contact you to explain how to get the reduction on the enrolment fee.

In order to attend the three modules, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol on the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year. It is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and to take the exams in the four exam sessions available. You will not be allowed to complete the Minor path the following year.

By passing the three Minor exams, you will get a certification and an Open Badge. If you fail one or more exams in your Minor you will still be entitled to receive the certification for the exams you passed, but not the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.