ENVIRON 462 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Section: 003 Violent Environments: Oil, Development and the Discourse of Power
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one environmentally related course prior to this class.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines violence and its relationship to oil as a non-renewable natural resource. The course will focus on the close examination and comparison of discourses and practices concerned with resource extraction, resource distribution, energy security, and ‘modernity’ in the United States, North America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Emphasis will be on case studies on oil as a non-renewable natural resource and how its extraction have contributed to reshaping livelihoods, energy security and creating spaces of violence as well as the possibilities for ‘development’. The course investigates how oil explorations in postcolonial states have given rise to projects of ‘nation building’, state-making and challenges of governance that continue to confront and reshape the idea of what constitutes the ‘nation’. We will focus on how abundant oil resources have changed the ‘face’ of the state and its people bringing about discourses of power, culture, energy security, and modernity. We will also focus on how extraction of oil constantly produces violence and challenges to state power over its control. We will investigate how such conflicts, sometimes violent, have and continue to redefine state, multinational corporations and communal production of power in resource extractive enclaves around the world. At the end, we will ask "what if there is no oil"?

ENVIRON 462 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Schedule Listing
003 (LEC)
 
27951
Open
50
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (LEC)
P
31327
Open
20
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (LEC)
P
32610
Open
15
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
33604
Open
8
 
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M 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
33605
Open
8
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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