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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2003

MES 381 • Political Ecology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39325 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
grg 408

Course Description

Case Studies from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East will illustrate the theoretical material introduced in this course. Political ecology is a research approach that incorporates political and economic as well as social causes of environmental change. Thus this course will also provide an introduction the history of development theory in the twentieth century, economic globalization, studies in the history of science (specifically environmental sciences and ecology), issues of social justice, and critical studies of environmental history. This course will cover the background and genesis of political ecology as an approach to studying environmental change/degradation. We will examine the theoretical roots and the intellectual development of political ecology over the last several decades. We will sample a large section of the current political ecology literature dealing with environmental change and degradation. Students will be introduced to the field methods used in political ecology as well as to grant/proposal writing. The primary basis of grading will be a seminar paper but other small writing assignments will be required during the semester.

Grading Policy

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