F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a / 2016-2017

Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method

Credits: 3
Fall 2016: M, 9:00-11:50, Kroon 321
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An introductory course on social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. Section I -- Overview of the Field and Course. Section II -- Initial Framing of Environmental Problems: placing problems in their wider political context, new approaches to uncertainty and failure, and the importance of how the analytical boundaries to resource systems are drawn. Section III -- Questions of Method: the dynamics of working within development projects, and the art of rapid appraisal and short-term consultancies. Section IV -- Local Peoples, Resources, and (under)Development: representing the poor, development discourse, and the question of indigenous peoples and knowledge. Plus 2-3 guest lectures by leading contributors to the field. No prerequisites. A Foundations course in F&ES, a Core course in the joint F&ES/Anthropology doctoral degree program, and a Prerequisite for F&ES 869b/ANTH 572b. Three hours lecture/seminar. Michael R. Dove

The course is a “foundations” course for the M.E.M. curriculum, a required course in the curriculum for the joint FES;/Anthropology doctoral program, and a prerequisite for some advanced FES courses.

F&ES 520 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 869: Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change
F&ES 952: Property Rights and Natural Resource Management

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