ENVIRON 302 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Section: 001 Climate Change and Adaptation
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course focuses on environment, development, and their relationship. In the first part of the course, we will examine development, beginning with its history and going on to examine development practices as they have evolved since the 1950s - from the mantra of growth to the focus on sustainable development and beyond. It would be fair to say that the initial history of development and conservation reveals the preoccupation of colonial and postcolonial governments to accomplish certain goals directly: growth, industrialization, protection of flora and fauna and so forth. In the pursuit of these goals, governments adopted what they believed to be universally applicable models of intervention. Failures and dissatisfaction with centralized policies unleashed a wide ranging preoccupation with decentralization and capacities of actors other than the state. In recent years even decentralization has come to be questioned along many fronts. The second part of the course focuses on environmental conservation, and is organized is a similar fashion. From a focus mainly on top down, centralized control, and mega-conservation showpieces, governments have come to recognize, albeit with wide-ranging differences, the variations and locally-specific aspects of conservation. They have also begun to see the close links between different aspects of development, conservation, livelihood, and attempted to pursue combined strategies that would simultaneously achieve the goals of conservation and development. In consequence, new ways of thinking about power and governance are becoming part of environmental conservation and development. While the overall thrust of the course conforms to a theoretical framework that brings together a particular way to understand development and environmental conservation, we will be somewhat focused in our geographical coverage. The course will draw empirical materials from Africa, South Asia and Latin America to develop a broad understanding of changes in how development and environmental conservation are understood in these regions.

ENVIRON 302 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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