ENVIRON 152 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Reconsider Afr Environments
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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Description

Blood diamonds. Resource curses. Land grabs. Tragedies of the commons. Climate refugees. These concepts are often used to frame discussions about natural resource politics and environmental (mis)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, and to interrogate the (often colonial) origins and racialized elements of the stories and stereotypes that shape our perceptions of African societies and environments. Students will leave the course better equipped to interrogate the ways in which ecological and development challenges are shaped and landscapes produced by the complex interplay of local, national, and global forces across time and space.

Schedule

ENVIRON 152 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30976
Open
1
1Y1
3Enrollment Management
1
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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