ENV 759a/ANTH 581a () / 2021-2022

Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science

Credits: 3
Fall 2021: M, 1:00-3:50, Kroon 321

Course on the social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues, emphasizing equity, politics, and knowledge. Section I, introduction to the course. Section II, disaster and environmental perturbation: the social science of emerging diseases; and the social origins of disaster.  Section III, boundaries: cost and benefit in the Green Revolution; riverine restoration; and aspirational infrastructure.  Section IV, methods: working within development projects, and rapid appraisal and consultancies.  Section V, local communities, resources, and (under)development: representing the poor, development discourse, and indigenous peoples and knowledge. This is a core M.E.M. specialization course in YSE, and a core course in the combined YSE/Anthropology doctoral degree program.  Enrollment capped. 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