AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Winter 2021, Section 002 - Reconsidering African Environments
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a major.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/19/21 - 4/21/21 (see other Sections below)
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Blood diamonds. Resource curse. Land grabs. Tragedy of the commons. These concepts are often used to frame discussions about natural resource politics and environmental management in Africa. Time and again, we hear that corruption (in government) and overexploitation (by poor citizens) are preventing sustainable development, putting biodiversity conservation at risk, and providing fodder for ongoing conflict. This course prompts students to critically engage with these narratives through an appraisal of popular media, policy documents, and relevant scholarship in the fields of political economy, geography, anthropology, political ecology, and development studies. In doing so, we aim to uncover substantiations, deviations, and contradictions in cases across the African continent. Students will leave the course better equipped to interrogate the ways in which environmental and development challenges are shaped and landscapes produced by the complex interplay of local, national, and global forces.


AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
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002 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/19/21 - 4/21/21

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