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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41530 T
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
GRG 408

Course Description

This seminar is designed to help students perform research on human-environment relationships, as well as to work for and to critique development agencies and non-governmental organizations. It is suitable for those pursuing an environmental studies focus in the Latin American Studies graduate program, those pursuing the LAS/CRP joint program, and those studying Latin American topics in geography and anthropology, for example. The class uses the ideas and methods of a number of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields including cultural geography, cultural ecology, political ecology, human ecology, ecological anthropology, environmental history, and ethnogeography. The course will address issues of sustainable development, cultural identity and territory, gender, the smallholder/ householder focus of production, adaptive strategies, environmental impacts of traditional land use, traditional conservation strategies, cultural survival, and parks and people. These topics will be developed using examples from Latin America and western North America. Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is desirable but not necessary. Each class will consist of two parts: (1) a proctored discussion of the week's readings, co-chaired by two students who have prepared a strategy for addressing the readings (which may include splitting into smaller groups); (2) where appropriate, a presentation or lecture by the instructor.

Grading Policy

3 5-page essays (25% each). Each essay will be in response to one question from a list of questions to be provided by the instructor. Class participation (25%).


Gregory Knapp, Latin America in the 21st Century, CLAG / University of Texas Press. 2002. Course Packet. Information on purchase will be provided first day of class.


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