Plants, Politics, Economics (In the Venue)

Ref: C2228655

Plants have, over history, had a significant cultural, economic and political impact. In this course we will look at five different plants and see how the development and use of them has influenced economic and political development. We depend on plants to provide basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and even health care, but they are also important raw materials for a broad range of industrial processes. Historically it could be argued that the development of plants has had a more significant impact on society and economic development than most wars and revolutions. The use, and some would say, exploitation of plants provides us with a window on the economic development of society over time.

Additional information about this course

This is Hybrid Course

Course aim

This course is being delivered both in the venue and online. There will be other learners on Zoom (course C2228666) and the tutor will be on Zoom. In this course we will focus on five plants which have arguably changed the course of history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Analyse the role oftfive different plants in economic development
  • Summarise how various plants have influenced the course of history around the world
  • Discuss the way the role of plants and plant-based technologies have influenced society over time
  • Evaluate the impact of plants on political change
  • Understand the cultural impact of ten different plants over time

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- What you need: You will need an internet connection. please visit: - You will need a personal email address. please visit: - All materials will be provided via Canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Plants, Politics, Economics (In the Venue)


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