F&ES 869b/ANTH 572b

Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change

Credits: 3
Spring 2017: Time and location TBA


An advanced seminar on the tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perception, perturbation, and disaster, the contents evolving from year to year in keeping with current scholarship.  Section I –Introduction to the Course.  Section II -- Central Questions and Debates in the Field: social dimensions of natural disasters; discursive dimensions of environmental degradation; asymmetries between political power and resource wealth; and anthropological approaches to the study of climate and society.  Section III -- Historic and Comparative View of Different Ways of Understanding the Environment: the 21st century development of a post-humanist, multi-species ethnography; and the ½ millennium tradition of natural history studies.  Section IV –Classroom Presentation of work by the students and teaching fellow.  One class is also devoted to student ‘picks’ of the most influential works in the current literature, and there are 2-3 guest lectures by prominent scholars in the field.  Prerequisite: F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a, F&ES 838a/ANTH 517a, or F&ES 839a/ANTH 597a. Three hours lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.

Prerequisites for F&ES 869:
F&ES 520: Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
F&ES 838: Producing and Consuming Nature
F&ES 839: Social Science of Conservation and Development

Limited to 20