F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a / 2019-2020

Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method

Credits: 3
Fall 2019: M, 9:00-11:50, Kroon 321

First Class will meet on Friday, August 31 12:00-1:00, Kroon 321

 Introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. Section I, overview of the field and course. Section II, framing of environmental problems: placing problems in their wider political context, new approaches to uncertainty and failure, and the importance of how the conceptual boundaries to resource systems are drawn. Section III, methods: 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 indigenous peoples and knowledge. There are two guest lectures by leading scholars in the field. No prerequisites. This is a core M.E.M. specialization 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