GPS 0250 - Political Ecology

Credits: 3

Political ecology combines an appreciation for the biological and physical aspects of environmental issues with the rigorous analysis of environmental politics. We begin with the assumption that environmental issues are always social and political issues as well, riddled with unequal power relationships and the complexities of race, gender and ethnicity. From that starting point political ecologists engage in the study of related social and environmental injustices and the social movements that have emerged in response to them. Topics that will be studies in detail in this course include: the political ecology of conservation and indigenous peoples; the political ecology of food, agriculture and rural development; the political ecology of urbanization and sub-urbanization.

Prerequisites: GPS 0101  and GPS 0106  or permission of instructor.

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