INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Section: 007 The Conquest of Nature
Term: FA 2018
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the how economic development projects have transformed environments and human communities. These schemes include mega-projects like huge dams and canals, as well as scientific forestry, soil conservation, and plant breeding. We will read exemplary historical studies of national, imperial, and international development programs, paying close attention to metaphors of war and to literal connections with national security; to the ways the conquest of nature has reinforced or altered relationships of power between and within countries; and to the unintended consequences, both tragic and fortuitous, of attempts to improve nature.

The emphasis will be on critical discussions of the readings, on crafting well-written, tightly argued, and insightful responses to the texts, and on a semester-long research project analyzing a particular major international or imperial development project. We will discuss not only the content of scholarly texts, but also their methodology and craft. All of these activities are designed to be cumulative, so that if you plan your time well and complete the assignments diligently, the work should be spread throughout the semester.

INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
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26561
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1LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
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21375
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3LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
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31475
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006 (SEM)
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26154
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007 (SEM)
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26199
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
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31715
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
009 (SEM)
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34993
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4Internat'l Std Major or Minor
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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