Political Ecology (Poli386)
Offered alternating fall semesters
MOI: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons & Values
Prerequisite: Poli218, Poli214 or any 300-level Politics class
This upper-division seminar explores social justice questions in the practice of conservation, focusing on the developing world. Students will critically assess epistemological, methodological, and practical issues in nature-society relations. Pedagogy includes discussions, presentations and a semester-long case study, in which students write three short research papers examining different aspects of the politics of conservation in one case.
Texts include scholarly articles, documentary film, tv/youtube commercials, and books: