The Notion of Nature in Modern Societies - JTM468
Anglický název: The Notion of Nature in Modern Societies
Zajišťuje: Katedra evropských studií (23-KZS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2023
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 12 / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Dr. Paul Bauer
Vyučující: Dr. Paul Bauer
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh LS   Nástěnka   
Soubory Komentář Kdo přidal
stáhnout Philippe Descola, Gisli Palsson - Nature and Society_ Anthropological Perspectives -Routledge (1996).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Alain Corbin - The lure of the sea. The discovery of the seaside in western world, 1750-1840.-University of California (1994).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Anthony Giddens - Politics of Climate Change-Polity (2009).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Arnold Berleant, Allen Carlson - The Aesthetics of Natural Environments-Broadview Press (2004).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Bruno Latour - An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. An Anthropology of the Moderns-Harvard University Press (2013).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Bruno Latour, Catherine Porter - Politics of Nature_ How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy-Harvard University Press (2004).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Michael E. Mann - The New Climate War-PublicAffairs (2021).epub Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Patricia Mathew, Tha Aesthetic appreciation of Nature.pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout Rachel Carson - Silent Spring (2002).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
stáhnout R.G. Collingwood - The Idea of Nature-Oxford University Press (1945).pdf Dr. Paul Bauer
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Paul Bauer (07.02.2024)
This lesson proposes a reflexive discussion on the history, the sociology and the politics of nature in Modern societies. Drawing from classical references coming from philosophical and social anthropological works on the dichotomies between nature and culture, wilderness and civilization, nature's exploitation and it's preservation, the lesson intends to provide students with key issues related to the modern mode of existence (Latour, 2018) and its link to environmental risks.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Paul Bauer (07.02.2024)
Structured both chronologically and thematically, this course has two objectives: first, it offers a long term (end of the 17th century-beginning of 21th) evolution of the nature conception in modern societies. Second, it proposes a multidisciplinary reflection on social researches dedicated to the study of the "Great Divide" between nature and culture, wilderness and civilization.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Paul Bauer (07.02.2024)

Active participation (10%)

Students are required do read the mandatory texts for each class and be prepared to answer questions related to it in the class.

Class Presentation  (40%)

25 mn presentation

Paper based on the presentation (50%) A-F grade's system

Students will write a short paper about the chosen presentation's topic.  Minimum length: 6400 characters with spaces.

Send the paper  to Pauli Bauer ( 

Due date for the paper: 31May, 2024. No late submissions accepted!

Grading is based on the Dean's Measure no. 20/2019:

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

On modernity, Nature and culture:

Philippe Descola: Beyond Nature and Culture, Chicago University Press, 2013

Philippe Descola & Gisli Palson, Nature and Society, Anthropological Perspective, Routledge, 1996.

Bruno Latour, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. An Anthropology of the Moderns, Harvard University Press, 2018

Anthony Giddens, The consequences of Modernity, Stanford University Press, 1991.

Mark Elvin, "Concepts of Nature, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective", New Left Review, 64, July/August, 2010 see link:

Classical references:

Hobbes, The Leviathan, 1651.

Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws, 1750.

Kant, Critique of pure reason, 1781.

Kant Critique of the Power of Judgment, 1790.

Sociology of Environment:

- John Bellamy Foster and Hannah Holleman, ‘Weber and the Environment: Classical Foundations for a Postexemptionalist Sociology’, American Journal of Sociology 117, no. 6 (May 2012): 1625–73,

- De Steiguer, Joseph Edward. The Origins of Modern Environmental Thought. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006.

- Islam, Md. "Sustainability through the Lens of Environmental Sociology: An Introduction". Sustainability 9, no. 3 (22 March 2017): 474.

- John Bellamy Foster, "Marx’s Theory of Metabolic Rift: Classical Foundations for Environmental Sociology". American Journal of Sociology 105, no. 2 (September 1999): 366–405.

- Patricia Matthews, "Scientific Knowlegde and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature", The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Winter, 2002, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 37-48.

Politics of nature:

Anthony Giddens, The Politics of Climate Changes, Polity, 2009.

Bruno Latour, The Politics of Nature, Harvard University Press, 2004. 

Optional readings: Books that shaped congtemporary environnemental awareness

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Penguin book, 2000 (firs ed.1962).

Michael Mann, The New Climate War, Public affairs, 2021.

Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway, The Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate ChangeBloomsbury Publishing, 2011.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Paul Bauer (29.01.2024)

Each session is divided into two parts: a formal lecture, and a seminar type discussion animated by a student presentation.

The class is a presence learning lesson taking place at Jinonice Campus, Room B318.


Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Paul Bauer (25.03.2024)

Nature in Modernity

 When: Monday from 15:30 to 16:50

Where: Jinonice, Room B318



19.2. Introduction

26.2. Modernity

4.3. The Anthropological Perspective of Nature and Culture Distancing 1/2

11.3. The Anthropological Perspective of Nature and Culture Distancing 2/2

18.3. Enlightenment and the Nature of Humans: Between Civilization and Wilderness 

25.3.Natural Landscape between Visual Art and Politics

8.4 Preservationism in the Industrial Era.

15.4. The Rise of the Ecological Movements, Irina, Iakovos

22.4. The Rise of Environmental Sciences, Karolina 

29.4. Politics and Nature in contemporary societies, the Foundation of a New Ecology, Patrick  

6.5. Conclusion