[F&ES 869b/ANTH 572b] / 2014-2015

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

Credits: 3

Spring 2015: Time and location TBA


This is an advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. The course is divided into four main sections, the contents of which evolve from year to year. Section I introduces the course. Section II addresses central questions and debates in the field: social dimensions of natural disasters;  and discursive dimensions of environmental degradation Section III compares different ways of understanding resource use and degradation: beginning with views from superordinate versus subordinate actors; reading of literature selected by the students; and indigenous solutions to the limits of knowing the environment.  Section IVconsists of the classroom discussion of work by the students; and new approaches to interdisciplinary work.  There will be several guest lectures by leading contributors to the fieldPrerequisites are: are F&ES 520/ANTH 581a or F&ES 838a/ANTH517a or F&ES 839a/ANTH 597a.. Three hours lecture/seminar.

Prerequisites for F&ES 869:
F&ES 520: Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
F&ES 882: The Black Box of Implementation: Households, Communities, Gender

Enrollment limited to twenty