Political Ecology (Poli386)
Next up, Fall 2013: MW 2:30-4:00pm
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:
Nature: The Politics of Representation
We will begin by examining how representations of nature and human society shape our understanding of the world and call for environmental actions.
Food: The Politics of Distribution
This section takes on materialist perspectives in calls for social justice.
Conservation & Development
In this section, we will read an ethnography that looks at questions of power in the nitty-gritty work of conservation.