ENV 759a/ANTH 581a (Online) / 2020-2021

Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science

Credits: 3
Teaching Mode: Online
Fall 2020: M, 9:00-11:50, ONLINE

Introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues, emphasizing equity, politics, and the construction and contesting of knowledge.  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.  This is a core MEM. specialization course in YSE, a core course in the combined YSE/Anthropology doctoral degree program, and a prerequisite for ENV 869/ANTH 572. The course is a “foundations” course for the M.E.M. curriculum, a required course in the curriculum for the joint YSE;/Anthropology doctoral program, and a prerequisite for some advanced YSE courses.

ENV 759 is a prerequisite for:
ENV 869: Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change