F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a / 2017-2018

Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: M, 9:00-11:50, Kroon 321

An introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. Section I, overview. 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 communities, resources, and (under)development: representing the poor, development discourse, and the question of indigenous peoples and knowledge. There are two guest lectures by prominent scholars in the field. No prerequisites. This is a Foundations course in F&ES, a core course in the combined F&ES/Anthropology doctoral degree program, and a prerequisite for F&ES 869/ANTH 572. Three hours lecture/seminar.

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