F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a / 2015-2016

Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method

Credits: 3
Fall 2015: M, 9:00-11:50, Kroon 321
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This is an introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. Section I presents an overview of the field and course. Section II deals with the way that environmental problems are initially framed; case studies focus on 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 focuses on questions of method, including the dynamics of working within development projects, and the art of rapid appraisal and short-term consultancies. Section IV is concerned with local peoples, resources, and (under)development, with case studies addressing issues of representing the poor,  development discourse, and the question of indigenous peoples and knowledge. There wil be several guest lectures by leading contributors to the field. No prerequisites. This is 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 808: Law, Environment and Religion: A Communion of Subjects
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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