F&ES 965b/ANTH 598b

Advanced Readings: Social Science of Development and Conservation  

2014-2015
Credits: 3
Spring 2015: Time and location TBA
 

 

An advanced seminar on the social science theory of sustainable development and conservation, designed as an M.E.M. capstone course and to give M.E.Sc. and doctoral students a wider theoretical context for analyzing and writing up their research. The course traces the conceptual history of the social science theory of sustainable development and conservation, focusing on theories of power, governmentality, and capitalism. It examines relations between these theories, alternative theories, and how this history influences the field. The course covers the works of Michel Foucault most relevant to development and conservation, important social scientists who have used Foucault’s ideas (e.g., James Ferguson, Timothy Mitchell, Tania Li, Donald Moore, David Mosse), alternative theories of power (e.g., James Scott, Bruno Latour), applications of Foucault’s ideas to development (selections change every year), applications of Foucault’s ideas to the environment (especially Arun Agrawal, Timothy Luke, Bruce Braun), theories of resistance (Michel Foucault, James Scott), and Foucault-influenced views of the economy and capitalism (Mitchell, Ferguson, Aiwa Ong, Li, Anna Tsing, among others).. Students are expected to use the course to develop, and present in class, their own research and writing. Prerequisite: F&ES 839a, 877a, or 882a. Three hours lecture/seminar

Prerequisites for F&ES 965:
F&ES 535: Social Science of Development and Conservation (F&ES 839a)

Enrollment limited to twelve.